Dame Norma Major

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Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Dame Norma Major. In her book on the Prime Minister's residence, Chequers, she revealed how Neville Chamberlain would spend time measuring the girths of his favourite trees, and how Ramsay MacDonald chopped wood every morning dressed in plus-fours. She herself was uncomfortable there, and she remembers the loneliness and stress of being the country's First Lady. She says her love of music, and her work for charity helped her through the tough times.

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

Favourite track: Norma by Bellini
Book: Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers
Luxury: Solar laptop

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45 minutes

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Fri 26 May 2000 09:00


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestDame Norma Major

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