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Josephine Cox

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 May 2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the novelist Josephine Cox. Josephine Cox is one of Britain's most popular authors. She became an overnight publishing sensation at the relatively late age of 43 and has written 34 books which have sold 15 million copies worldwide. Now, her publishers print 'bestseller' on the cover of each new work, they're so confident of its success.

But it was by no means a straightforward route to fame and fortune. She was born in Blackburn during World War II and grew up in dire poverty. As a child, she used to charge her school friends a penny for her to tell them a story, she and her siblings slept six to a bed, and they used to drink water out of jam-jars. One of her teachers recognised her talents and prophesied her future success as a writer. But it was only decades later when, convalescing after an illness, she had the time to pick up a pen and write. Her first book was accepted immediately and she has been writing two books a year ever since.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Imagine by John Lennon
Book: "A book which is in my head about my brother"
Luxury: Photo album of my family

Music Played

8 items
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    ABBA I Have a Dream

    Abba Gold, Polar

  • Image for John Denver

    John Denver Annie's Song

    Back Home Again, RCA

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Imagine

    Happy Xmas (War is Over), Parlophone

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Top of the World

    Love Songs, A&M

  • Image for Bette Midler

    Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings

    Atlantic, Atlantic

  • Image for Peter Hoffman

    Peter Hoffman Nights in White Satin

    Nights in White Satin, CBS

  • Image for Tina Turner

    Tina Turner The Best

    The Best Millennium Party Ever, Virgin

  • Image for Queen

    Queen We Will Rock You

    Greatest Hits, Parlophone

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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