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Pat Barker

Pat Barker

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First broadcast: Sun 07 Dec 2003

Novelist, Booker Prize winner

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is the Booker prize-winning novelist Pat Barker. Pat Barker was 39 when she had the phone call every writer dreams about - her first book, Union Street, was to be published. The book went on to be made into a film, Stanley and Iris, with Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. Initially she wrote about the hard lives of working-class, Northern women, and the compromises some made in order to survive. But she became a household name for her Regeneration trilogy about World War I and its aftermath - the final book in the series, The Ghost Road, won the 1995 Booker prize.

In Desert Island Discs she discusses her writing, her inspiration, the importance of her grandparents in her upbringing and what it was like growing up as a 'mistake' - a war-time baby born to her unmarried mother.

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

Choices

Kathleen Ferrier

1.

Kathleen Ferrier

I Know Where I Am Going

Performer: Kathleen Ferrier

Others who chose this artist

Judy Garland

2.

Judy Garland

Over The Rainbow

Performer: Judy Garland

Others who chose this artist

High Level Ranters

3.

High Level Ranters

Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny

Performer: High Level Ranters

Bob Dylan

4.

Bob Dylan

Blowin' In The Wind

Performer: Bob Dylan

Others who chose this artist

Benjamin Britten

5.

Castaway's favourite

Benjamin Britten

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes - Dawn

Composer: Benjamin Britten

Others who chose this artist

Sir Edward Elgar

6.

Sir Edward Elgar

The Dream of Gerontius - Proficiscere, anima Christiana

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

Others who chose this artist

Theatre Workshop

7.

Theatre Workshop

Gassed Last Night

Performer: Theatre Workshop

Aaron Copland

8.

Aaron Copland

Simple gifts (from Old American Songs,Set 1)

Composer: Aaron Copland

Others who chose this artist

Book

Book on tropical fish to identify them by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Snorkelling equipment

Others who chose a similar luxury

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