Kirsty Young's castaway is the doyenne of bohemian living, Molly Parkin.
She left the Welsh valleys to train as a fine artist in London and was a successful painter then teacher before becoming a fashion writer and novelist. She is as well known, though, for her lifestyle as her work. She adopted a hedonistic approach to life - smoking and drinking through the night and picking up numerous lovers along the way.
Now aged 79 she prefers to live alone and says she has found a calmer way of living. "I have been blessed, and made it my business, to surround myself with larger than life characters," she says, "love, on a very profound level comes unexpectedly and brilliantly."
Record: Good Golly Miss Molly
Book: The History of the Colony by Sophie Parkin
Luxury: Her entire outfit including her Andrew Logan brooch
Producer: Leanne Buckle.
Find every castaway from 1942 to the present. Listen to over 1,500 programmes.
Find castaways & choices
|Interviewed Guest||Molly Parkin|