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Robert Harris

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 November 2010

Kirsty Young's castaway is the best-selling writer Robert Harris.

He was, apparently, a political junkie from a young age; he was just six when he wrote the essay: 'Why me and my dad don't like Sir Alec Douglas Home' and he also had an early realisation that he wanted to grow up to be a writer. His first novel - Fatherland - imagined a world after the Nazis had won World War II. It sold more than three million copies and made him a household name. "I can remember I wrote the opening sentence and I practically had to go and lie down afterwards," he said, "the possibilities of it - and the feeling that I'd finally arrived at what I wanted to do - it was overwhelming."

Record: Every Day I write the book - Elvis Costello
Book: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Luxury: A nightly fragrant bath.

Music Played

8 items
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    Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion - Mache dich, mein Herze

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    St Matthew Passion, Harmonia Mundi

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    Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto for Three Oboes, Three Violins and Bass

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    Telemann: Double Concertos, Teldec

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello Every Day I Write the Book

    Composer: Costello

    Very Best of Elvis Costello, Universal Music tv

  • Image for Antonio Lotti

    Antonio Lotti Gloria

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    Lotti.Missa Sapientiae.Bach…, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi

  • Image for Charles Trenet

    Charles Trenet La Mer

    Composer: Charles Trenet

    Charles Trenet, Columbia

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Robert Harris

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