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Paul Johnson

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 January 2012

Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer and historian Paul Johnson.

He writes, he says, out of a desire to 'put things right' and more than fifty books and thousands of articles have flowed from his pen. His opinions have provoked, offended and enraged plenty of people over the years and sweeping works about modernity, morality, art and philosophy, sit alongside fiercely opinionated biographies and essays. He says: "I like to be, in general, in agreement with what most people think, but I also like to be a little bit independent and individual and, thank God, I've been allowed to do that all my writing life."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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8 items
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave, Verum Corpus

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    Mozart: Requiem…, RCA

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    Simple Gifts, Silva Classics

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    More Sophistication, Past Perfect

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    Composer: Henderson/Caesar/Koehler

    On the Good Ship Lollipop, President

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    Ron Grainer Theme from Maigret

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    The A To Z Of British TV Themes - The Ron Grainer Years, Play It Again

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    George Formby The Window Cleaner (When I’m Cleaning Windows)

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    George Formby:His greatest favourites, FLAPPER

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    Patsy Cline Crazy

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    The Definitive Patsy Cline, Arcade

  • Image for Margaret Whiting

    Margaret Whiting Look for the Silver Lining

    Composer: J Kern- B DeSyla

    The Song is You, Capitol

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Paul Johnson

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