The Nickel Boys By Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, in which two boys are unjustly sent to a hellish reform school.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student and, as the times seem to be changing for people like him, his future looks bright. But an innocent and tragic mistake changes his life for ever...

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01Dreams20201109Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, in which two boys are unjustly sent to a hellish reform school.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student and, as the times seem to be changing for people like him, his future looks bright. But an innocent and tragic mistake changes his life for ever...

Finding himself at the brutal Nickel Academy, he tries to to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion to love your enemies and to work hard to get on, but his new friend Turner calls him naive at best. The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's scepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions....

Writer: Colson Whitehead's previous novel, The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize. The NIckel Boys, his latest novel, has also won the Pulitzer.
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's powerful and heartrending Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

02Error2020110920201110 (R4)Today: It's the early 60s, and Elwood is swept up by the civil rights marches going on around him....

Writer: Colson Whitehead's previous novel, The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize. The NIckel Boys, his latest novel, has also won the Pulitzer.
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, in which two boys are unjustly sent to a hellish reform school.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student and, as the times seem to be changing for people like him, his future looks bright. But an innocent and tragic mistake changes his life for ever...

03Hell2020110920201111 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student and, despite the times, his future looks bright. But an innocent and tragic mistake changes his life for ever...

Today: Elwood's first night at the hellish Nickel Academy.

Writer: Colson Whitehead's previous novel, The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize. The NIckel Boys, his latest novel, has also won the Pulitzer.
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's heart-rending Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

04Do The Right Thing2020110920201112 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, whose future looks bright until an innocent and tragic mistake changes everything...

Today: Elwood is still convinced that following Dr King's advice to work hard and turn the other cheek will get him out of Nickel...

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's electrifying Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

05A Way Out2020110920201113 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, whose future looks bright until an innocent and tragic mistake changes everything...

Today: Elwood finally thinks he sees a way out of Nickel - he just needs to be patient, and play the long game...

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's heart-rending Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

06Fight2020110920201116 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, whose future looks bright until an innocent and tragic mistake changes everything, and he ends up at the hellish Nickel Academy reform school.

Today: Nickel prepares for its annual boxing match, amid rumours of a fix...

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's electrifying Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

07Revenge2020110920201117 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, whose future looks bright - until an innocent and tragic mistake changes everything...

Today: after witnessing the horrific realities of Nickel, Elwood thinks there could be a way out for him. It's a dangerous plan, but could bring Nickel itself down...

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's haunting Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

08Uncomfortable Truths2020110920201118 (R4)Today: Elwood, now a grown man, living in New York, has an uncomfortable encounter with one of the old Nickel Boys...

Writer: Colson Whitehead's previous novel, The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize. The NIckel Boys, his latest novel, has also won the Pulitzer.
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heartrending novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

09We Have A Problem2020110920201119 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, his future looks bright, until an innocent and tragic mistake puts him in the wrong place at the wrong time....

Today: the day of the inspection has finally arrived. Can Elwood bring Nickel down?

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

Colson Whitehead's electrifying, Pulitzer-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.

10Speaking Up2020110920201120 (R4)Colson Whitehead's electrifying and heart-breaking Pulitzer-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida, read by Rhashan Stone.

Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. A hard-working student, his future looks bright, until an innocent and tragic mistake puts him in the wrong place at the wrong time....

Today: time to speak out about the Nickel Boys, and the truth about Elwood's escape....

Writer: Colson Whitehead
Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Richard Hamilton

The finale of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Colson Whitehead's electrifying novel, set in Jim Crow-era Florida. Read by Rhashan Stone.