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Quentin Crewe

Sue Lawley's castaway is journalist and writer Quentin Crewe.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the journalist and author Quentin Crewe. Since the age of 29, muscular dystrophy has left him in a wheelchair. Nevertheless, now 70, he can look back on a full and vivid life encompassing a 24,000 mile trip across South America and expeditions across the Sahara and the Saudi Arabian desert. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his travels, his close relationship with the Macmillan family, his work as a writer and restaurant critic and also his belief that disability need be no bar to a happy and fulfilled life.

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

Favourite track: String Quintet In C Major 163 by Franz Schubert
Book: Essays by Michel de Montaigne
Luxury: The cellar from Trinity College, Cambridge

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 21 Jun 1996 09:05

Music Played

  • The Albert Lasry Orchestra

    Douce France

    Artist: Charles Trenet

    • The Extraordinary Garden.
    • EMI.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Amici in vita, in morte (from La forza del destino)

    Soloist: Placido Domingo Conductor: Giorgio Zancanoro

    • La Forza Del Destino.
    • EMI.
  • Fats Waller

    My Very Good Friend the Milkman

    • 16 Top Tracks.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Trumpet Concerto in E flat major

    Soloist: Wynton Marsalis Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

    • Wynton Marsalis And The English Chamber Orchestra.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Astrud Gilberto & João Gilberto & Stan Getz

    The Girl From Ipanema

    • That's Jazz - Simply The Best Of Jazz.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Strauss

    Beim Schlafengehen (from Four Last Songs)

    Soloist: Jessye Norman Orchestra: The Gewandhaus Orchestra

    • Richard Strauss Last Four Songs.
    • Philips.
  • Nellie Lutcher

    Cool Water

    • Capitol Records.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quintet in C major

      Orchestra: The Melos Quartet

      • Schubert String Quintet.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • Essays - Michel de Montaigne

  • Luxury Choice

    • The cellar from Trinity College, Cambridge


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Quentin Crewe


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