On February 14, 1989, Salman Rushdie was 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini for writing 'The Satanic Verses'. He was forced underground, moving from house to house under armed protection, using the alias 'Joseph Anton' during the decade he spent in hiding. To mark the release of his memoir about the fatwa, titled 'Joseph Anton', Rushdie tells this remarkable story for the first time, in discussion with David Aaronovitch. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for over nine years? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his actions? And how does he learn to fight back?