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Martin Amis

Martin Amis


First broadcast: Sun 29 Dec 1996


Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs today is the writer Martin Amis. He describes his books as comedies, but, like London Fields and Other People, they are frequently dark and disturbing.

He says that he has no choice as to the subjects of his books. "They come from nowhere and feel like a little gulp in your digestive system". Although he admits that he's sometimes appalled by the characters he creates, writing itself is something he loves.

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


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathétique'

Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

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Ben Webster


Ben Webster

Late Date

Ensemble: The Ben Webster Quintet

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George Frideric Handel


George Frideric Handel

Concerto grosso in a minor, Op. 6/4

Choir: English Concert and Choir Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

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Buddy Rich


Castaway's favourite

Buddy Rich


Artist: Hank Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Brown

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Complete Works by John Milton

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Luxury item

Cable Television

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