The Underground Railroad

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Read by star of The Wire, Clarke Peters. Winner of the US National Book Award for Fiction in 2016, The Underground Railroad is a vital, inventive novel about slavery and racism in America.

“What if the underground railroad was a literal railroad? And what if each state, as a runaway slave was going north, was a different state of American possibility, an alternative America?”

Colson Whitehead's brutal novel follows two escaped slaves - Cora and Caesar - as they escape from a Georgia plantation and run north in pursuit of freedom, aided by the stationmasters and conductors of the Underground Railroad.

Reader: Clarke Peters
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Mair Bosworth for the BBC

Publicity contact: BBC Radio 4 Publicity

DateMonday, 20 February 2017
Time10:45 PM -
11:00 PM