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Julia Donaldson

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 November 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway is the children's author Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo is her best known creation. Published 10 years ago, it's become a modern classic; it has sold more than four million copies, won an armful of awards and been turned into a film. But Julia nearly gave up when she was half way through writing it, and only the encouragement of her son persuaded her to continue. Its latest accolade is that BBC listeners have just voted it their favourite book for reading out loud at bedtime.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: An Die Music by Felicity Lott
Book: Poem for the day by Wendy Cope
Luxury: A piano.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

    Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin

    Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 5 & 9, HMV

  • Image for Édith Piaf

    Édith Piaf La Foule

    Salle D’Attente/La Foule, Columbia

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Keyboard Trio in G Major,Op. 73/2 'Gypsy' -3rd movement

    Orchestra: The Beaux Arts Trio

    Haydn: Piano Trios, Philips

  • Image for Flanders and Swann

    Flanders and Swann Slow Train

    At the Drop of Another Hat, EMI

  • Image for Felicity Lott

    Felicity Lott An Die Music

    Soloist: Graham Johnson

    Felicity Lott sings Schubert, IMP

  • Image for Malcolm Donaldson

    Malcolm Donaldson Cochon Blues

    First Fourteen, Longman records

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Remembering Marie A

    Baal, RCA

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Recorder Sonata in F Major, Op. 1/11

    Soloist: Michala Petri Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

    Handel: Recorder Sonatas, Philips

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Julia Donaldson

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