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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MacArthur


First broadcast: Sun 04 Oct 2009


Kirsty Young's castaway is the solo yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur. She was 28 when she became the fastest person to sail solo around the world, and has been called the 'first true heroine of the 21st century'. She still sails with friends and with the charity she set up for children with cancer and leukaemia, but her ambition now is to try to find a way of living the same sustainable existence on land that she lives at sea. When your life depends on it, she says, you realise how scarce food and fuel really are.

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


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Castaway's favourite

Don Henley

The Boys of Summer

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Phil Collins


Phil Collins

I Wish It Would Rain Down

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Manu Chao


Manu Chao

Me Gustas Tu - I Like You

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SAS Survival Handbook by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

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Luxury item

A fluffy purple worm (which has been taken everywhere)

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