Running Time 3hrs
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit.
A Sony Radio Academy Award winning dramatisation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, about economic migration and the endurance of the human spirit.
In the midst of America’s Great Depression, the Joad family travel from Oklahoma to California in search of work, only to discover thousands like them have also been on the move. Just as their money and food run out, they find work on a peach farm – but discover they’re breaking a strike led by their old friend, Casy the Preacher. Tragedy strikes, and Tom Joad hits back before running for his life. The Joad family’s dream of a promised land is about to end. Robert Sheehan and Zubin Varla head the cast in this powerful BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation, which was awarded Silver for Best Drama at the 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards.
John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) was an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952) and the novella Of Mice and Men (1937). Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”.