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Dame Norma Major

Dame Norma Major

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First broadcast: Sun 21 May 2000

Wife of the former Prime Minister, Writer

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]

Choices

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

1.

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

Don't Fence Me In

Performer: Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

2.

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (from On Your Toes)

Soloist: Richard Rodgers Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic

Others who chose this artist

Giuseppe Verdi

3.

Giuseppe Verdi

Caro nome (from Rigoletto)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Others who chose this artist

June Bronhill and Keith Mitchell

4.

June Bronhill and Keith Mitchell

I Know Now

Performer: June Bronhill and Keith Mitchell

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

5.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Composer: Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

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Michael Ball

6.

Michael Ball

With One Look

Performer: Michael Ball

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Vesperae solennes de confessore - Laudate Dominum

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Vincenzo Bellini

8.

Castaway's favourite

Vincenzo Bellini

Norma

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini

Others who chose this artist

Book

Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Solar laptop

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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