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Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks

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First broadcast: Sun 29 Mar 2009

Novelist

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the writer Sebastian Faulks. He is best known for his novel Birdsong, which told in shocking detail the misery of life in the Flanders trenches. It was published with little fanfare or glossy advertising and failed to win any major awards - but it became a literary phenomenon and a huge best-seller. He was inspired to write it after visiting the battlefields of the Western Front with some veterans of World War I. One old soldier held onto Sebastian's hand and recalled seeing his friend killed next to him and, for the first time for him, Sebastian says, the war emerged from the history books into real, tangible human experience. He concedes that he still struggles to get to grips with much of life. Writers, he says, are often trying to impose a structure on a world that they find generally baffling.

Choices

Boz Scaggs

1.

Boz Scaggs

Just Go

Artist: Michael Rodriguez

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Maurice Ravel

2.

Maurice Ravel

Piano Concerto in G major - 2nd movement

Soloist: Werner Haas Orchestra: Orchestre National de L’Opera de Monte-Carlo Conductor: Alceo Galliera

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Charles Trenet & Orchestra

4.

Charles Trenet & Orchestra

En Quittant La Ville

Miles Davis

7.

Castaway's favourite

Miles Davis

Miles

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Gabriel Fauré

8.

Gabriel Fauré

Sanctus (from Requiem)

Soloist: Jonathan Bond, Benjamin Luxon, Stephen Cleobury Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

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Book

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

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Luxury item

A wicket, cricket bat, net, an endless supply of balls and a bowling machine that can be set to replicate the style of any bowler

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Occupations

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