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Heather Rabbatts

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 July 2011

Kirsty Young's castaway is the businesswoman Heather Rabbatts.

Born in Jamaica and raised in Britain, her early years were unpromising and she left school with just a few O levels. But after evening classes, she studied law and became a barrister before making her name as the youngest council chief in the country.

She's at home in the toughest business environments - from Millwall Football Club to the Royal Opera House - and says: "I definitely like being in charge and I've always felt that I can gather everyone's spirits and energies to take that jump into the unknown together."

Record: Que Sera Sera by Corinne Bailey Rae
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Luxury: A solar powered digital photo album

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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    Corinne Bailey Rae Que Sera Sera

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    The Love EP., Capitol

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    The Essential Bob Dylan, Columbia

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    The Best of Dinah Washington, EMI

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    Bob Marley Natural Mystic

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    Vincenzo Bellini Casta diva (from Norma)

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    Joan Sutherland: Greatest Hits, Decca

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    The Greatest Hits of 1989, Premier

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    Talking Timbuktu, World Circuit

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    Jan Garbarek Parce mihi domine

    Composer: Christóbal de Morales

    Officium, ECM Records

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