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Martin Wainwright's Myth of the North - Episode 3

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 28 Sep 2003

Novelist

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is the internationally successful author Nick Hornby. Originally from suburban Maidenhead, his obsession with football, as chronicled in the autobiographical Fever Pitch, began after his parents divorced and his dad struggled to find a suitable way to pass the weekend. The decision to visit Arsenal had lasting repercussions with Hornby becoming a fanatical supporter.

His next work, High Fidelity, featured Horrnby's other great passion - pop music. It became a bible for all men who've ever catalogued their record collections in alphabetical order or agonised over their own Desert Island Discs choices. His next book, About a Boy, resulted in a bidding war with Robert De Niro's film company buying the rights for £2 million. How to Be Good, which followed, changed tack with a female narrator and is in part autobiographical reflecting the pros and cons of a virtuous life - questions he's had to ask following the birth of his son Danny who suffers from severe autism. He's since set up the TreeHouse Fund, a national charity for autism which has a school in London.

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

Choices

Bruce Springsteen

1.

Castaway's favourite

Bruce Springsteen

Kitty's Back

Performer: Bruce Springsteen

Others who chose this artist

Rod Stewart

2.

Rod Stewart

You Wear It Well

Performer: Rod Stewart

Others who chose this artist

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

3.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Complainte pour St Catherine

Performer: Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Others who chose this artist

Jackson 5

4.

Jackson 5

The Love You Save

Performer: Jackson 5

Others who chose this artist

Touré Kunda

5.

Touré Kunda

Fatou Yo

Performer: Touré Kunda

Others who chose this artist

Joni Mitchell

6.

Joni Mitchell

Night Ride Home

Performer: Joni Mitchell

Others who chose this artist

Marah

7.

Marah

My Heart Is The Bums On The Street

Performer: Marah

Others who chose this artist

LL Cool J

8.

LL Cool J

Going Back To Cali

Performer: LL Cool J

Others who chose this artist

Book

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

An mp3 player (iPod)

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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