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A Suitable Boy (Dramatised)

Written by: Vikram Seth
Narrated by: Ayesha Dharker, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, full cast
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, 1993
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1994
Winner of the WH Smith Literary Award, 1994

A Suitable Boy is now a major 2020 BBC TV series and one of the BBC's 100 novels that shaped our world.

The award-winning BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Vikram Seth's masterpiece.

A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the 20th century.

The story unfolds through four middle-class families - the Mehras, Kapoors, Khans and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with. There are standards to be met and finding a husband for Lata becomes a family affair in which all the members are to play a part. The characters struggle, they try to buck the system, to break free of restraint, of interference - but ultimately their strength and sense of being comes from their family and friends. It is a celebration of ordinariness; a beautifully composed story that is an affirmation of family and friendship.

In his sweeping epic, Vikram Seth has created an entire world filled with warmth, humour, pathos, tragedy - in short, life. Recorded on location in India, A Suitable Boy is made by the production team behind the award-winning Bleak House and The Handmaid's Tale.

Dramatised and directed by John Dryden. A Goldhawk Production.

©2002, 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2002, 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The drama highlight of the year... this sumptuous production, wonderfully atmospheric, written with pace and performed, by an all-Indian cast, quite superbly. The novel may be vast but I was convinced by this version right from the start. Magnificent drama." (Radio Times)

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What a beautiful story and couldn’t be Dramatised better

Each and Every character has done a superb job. Would highly recommend if you are looking for some drama yet funny.

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Excellent story and dramatisation!

This is such a rich dramatisation, with music and dialogues and emotions and performances...quite hard to put down once started! The story is incredibly interesting too. Overall, an absolute delight!

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A treat for the ears

An amazing experience of listening to the dramatised version gave me A nostalgic experience of sitting in a play. A must have experience for all.

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Such a pleasurable experience

Loved the dramatisation! The story as well was quite gripping. Would have loved for the ending to be better than what it was though

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Entertaining

A typical Indian family. Portrayed very well in the story and the performances with the music and sound effects are remarkable... Definitely recommend

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A suitable listening

a wonderful story that translated so well in this dramatised medium..the actors did a splendid job, thus kudos to the casting director as well.. it ended with a tease of a possible sequel, totally upbeat for it.

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Loved the book!

Amazing book!!! Really good narrative. Enjoyed every moment of this book. highly recommended to all

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Amazing story and dramatization

Absolutely loved listening to this audiobook on my everyday run. Such a job well done! I have read the book but listening to it was a totally different experience. Especially Saeeda Bai's voice done by Ila Arun. Enjoyed it throughly! The music was outstanding as well.

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Loved the book with some issue during initial run

Loved the narration and story of the book.. It was a good time pass to listen to while driving. There were some issues initially during play.. It used to get stuck a lot but the issue was resolved later.. Thanks

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Amazing

I really loved it! this is my first audiobook and had an amazing listen. T

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