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Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson

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First broadcast: Sun 31 Jan 1999

Travel writer

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the American travel writer Bill Bryson. His inspiration was his father; a great traveller who never quite made it to his intended destination. His best-selling books, Notes from a Small Island and The Lost Continent, chronicle his experiences of facing up to fearsome British landladies and American motels which make the Bates hotel in Psycho look inviting.

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

Choices

George Gershwin

1.

George Gershwin

Piano Concerto in F major

Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony Conductor: Michael Thomas

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Otis Redding

2.

Castaway's favourite

Otis Redding

(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay

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Paul McCartney

3.

Paul McCartney

That Would Be Something

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Tom Lehrer

4.

Tom Lehrer

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park

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Aaron Copland

6.

Aaron Copland

Appalachian Spring

Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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Archie Roach

7.

Archie Roach

Dancing (With My Spirit)

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Max Bruch

8.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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Book

The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson

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Luxury item

Basket ball and hoop, and a little hard standing

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