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Rushdie wrote a non-fiction book about Nicaragua in 1987 called The Jaguar Smile.This book has a political focus and is based on his first-hand experiences and research at the scene of Sandinista political experiments.The Nobel organisers were later said to have thought he would have been "too predictable, too popular." He wrote in his 2012 memoir that his father adopted the name Rushdie in honour of Averroes (Ibn Rushd).He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School in Bombay, Rugby School in Warwickshire, and King's College, University of Cambridge, where he read history.Midnight's Children follows the life of a child, born at the stroke of midnight as India gained its independence, who is endowed with special powers and a connection to other children born at the dawn of a new and tumultuous age in the history of the Indian sub-continent and the birth of the modern nation of India.The character of Saleem Sinai has been compared to Rushdie.In 1983 Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation.

He also wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize.Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent.In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.Rushdie was strongly favoured to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.