Felix Dennis

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the publisher Felix Dennis. He blossomed among the flower power generation, finding fame as one of the defendants in the notorious Oz Magazine obscenity trial in 1971. It fired his loathing of the establishment but instead of dropping out he opted in and beat them at their own game. For the past 30 years his talent has been spotting a niche in the magazine market and launching a title to fill it - his success has made him one of the richest men in Britain.

For many years his life was one of addiction and excess - but latterly the only thing he feels compelled to do each day is write poetry and he's become one of a very rare breed - a best-selling poet.

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

Favourite track: One Too Many Mornings by Bob Dylan
Book: The Dictionary of National Biography
Luxury: A very long stainless steel shaft to encourage pole-dancing mermaids!

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Fri 17 Aug 2007 09:00


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestFelix Dennis

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