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Vikram Seth

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 January 2012

Kirsty Young's castaway is the author Vikram Seth.

His novel A Suitable Boy was nearly a decade in the writing, but it was a huge and immediate hit and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is now working on a follow-up novel called A Suitable Girl. He's due to finish work on it in 2013 - 20 years after the original work was published. The pace of work, he admits, is slow: "The sound of deadlines pushing past is one of the sounds that authors are most familiar with - it's very much in the gestational period."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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8 items
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    The Beach Boys Fun, Fun Fun

    Composer: Wilson/Love

    The Beach Boys Greatest Hits, EMI

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    Lata Mangeshkar Ab Raat Guzarne Vali Hai -The Night will Fade into Dawn

    Composer: Shankar Jaikshan & Hasrat Jaipuri

    Golden Voices from the Silver Screen, Globe Style

  • Image for BBC Sound Archive

    BBC Sound Archive Nightingales and Lancaster Bombers recorded in a Surrey Wood

    Composer: On Location in 1942

    BBC

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    Franz Schubert Erster Verlust

    Artist: Ian Bostridge - with Julius Drake on the piano

    Schubert: Lieder, EMI

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion - Am Abend, da es kuhle war

    Artist: Cornelius Hauptmann -with the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

    Bach: St Matthew Passion, Archive

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    Bach Partita for Solo Violin No.3 in E Major

    Artist: Philippe Honore

    An Unequal Music, Decca

  • Image for Mark Padmore

    Mark Padmore Thoughts While Travelling at Night

    Composer: Alec Roth with words by Vikram Seth translated from the Chinese poet Du Fu.

    Songs in Time of War, Signum Classics

  • Image for Amir Khan

    Amir Khan Raga Marwa

    Composer: Traditional improvisation

    Raga Marwa, Darbari Kanada, HMV

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Vikram Seth

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