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Diana Athill

Diana Athill

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First broadcast: Sun 20 Jun 2004

Writer, Editor

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the writer and book editor Diana Athill.
For nearly 50 years Diana Athill was involved in every aspect of publishing, from editing and even completely rewriting books to drawing adverts, designing covers and nursing authors for the publishing house Andre Deutsch. They published some of the greatest names of the 20th century, including Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac, VS Naipaul and Jean Rhys.

Her career has been remarkable, but it was one that she fell into after her original plans for marriage and children fell through. Now aged 86, she is still writing and her novel Make Believe is being republished this autumn - and she still visits the Norfolk estate owned by her family where she spent so much time as a girl riding horses.

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

Choices

Jean Sibelius

1.

Jean Sibelius

The First Fiss, Op.37/1

Soloist: Haken Hagegard & Warren Jones

Others who chose this artist

Gilbert & Sullivan

2.

Gilbert & Sullivan

On a tree by a river (Tit Willow) (from The Mikado)

Soloist: Eric Roberts Choir: The Chorus of D'oyly Carte

Others who chose this artist

Robert Schumann

3.

Robert Schumann

Träumerei (from Scenes from Childhood)

Soloist: Daniel Barenboim

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Big Bill Broonzy

5.

Big Bill Broonzy

Going Down This Road Feeling Bad

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Deh vieni, non tardar (from The Marriage of Figaro)

Soloist: Hilde Gueden Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic

Others who chose this artist

Joseph Haydn

7.

Castaway's favourite

Joseph Haydn

O happy pair (from The Creation)

Soloist: Sylvia Greenberg & Siegmund Nimsgern

Others who chose this artist

Gustav Mahler

8.

Gustav Mahler

Ich atmet' einem linden Duft (from Rückert-Lieder)

Soloist: Kathleen Ferrier

Others who chose this artist

Book

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Her own bed

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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