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The Ethnography Award 'Short List'

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Molly Parkin

Molly Parkin

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 08 May 2011

Fashion journalist, Artist

Kirsty Young's castaway is the doyenne of bohemian living, Molly Parkin.

She left the Welsh valleys to train as a fine artist in London and was a successful painter then teacher before becoming a fashion writer and novelist. She is as well known, though, for her lifestyle as her work. She adopted a hedonistic approach to life - smoking and drinking through the night and picking up numerous lovers along the way.

Now aged 79 she prefers to live alone and says she has found a calmer way of living. "I have been blessed, and made it my business, to surround myself with larger than life characters," she says, "love, on a very profound level comes unexpectedly and brilliantly."

Choices

Bette Midler

1.

Bette Midler

Accentuate the Positive

Composer: Harold Arlen – music Johnny Mercer

Others who chose this artist

Liane Carroll

2.

Liane Carroll

Three Sheets to the Wind

Composer: Liane Carroll

Others who chose this artist

Louis Armstrong

3.

Louis Armstrong

A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Composer: Kalmar/Ruby/Oscar Hammerstein 11

Others who chose this artist

Ian Shaw

4.

Ian Shaw

Somewhere towards love

Composer: Ian Shaw

Others who chose this artist

George Melly

5.

George Melly

Rockin' Chair

Composer: Carmichael

Others who chose this artist

Michael Jackson

6.

Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

Composer: M Jackson

Others who chose this artist

Sarah Jane Morris

7.

Sarah Jane Morris

Never Forget How to Dance

Composer: Sarah Jane Morris/Martyn Barker/Dominic Miller/John Brown

Others who chose this artist

Little Richard

8.

Castaway's favourite

Little Richard

Good Golly Miss Molly

Composer: Marascalco, Blackwell

Others who chose this artist

Book

The History of the Colony by Sophie Parkin

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Her entire outfit including her Andrew Logan Brooch

Others who chose a similar luxury

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