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Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

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First broadcast: Sun 05 Mar 2000

Novelist, Journalist

Sue Lawley's guest this week is Robert McCrum. The author of six highly acclaimed novels and literary editor of the Observer, he describes how he woke up one morning, at the age of 42, to a raging headache and partial paralysis. He had suffered a stroke and it was to take him more than a year to recover. Later, he was to write a memoir about that process which became not only a guide to other sufferers, but also a love story dedicated to his wife.

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

Choices

Benjamin Britten

1.

Benjamin Britten

Elegy (from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

Soloist: Peter Pears with Dennis Brain Orchestra: Boyd Neel String Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31/2 'Tempest' - 3rd movement

Soloist: Wilhelm Kempff

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George Gershwin

4.

George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

Soloist: Andre Previn Orchestra: the London Symphony Orchestra

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William Shakespeare

7.

William Shakespeare

Fear No More the Heat O' the Sun (from Cymbeline)

Artist: Ted Hughes

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major - 1st movement

Soloist: Paul Tortelier

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Book

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

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Luxury item

St John’s Wort

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Occupations

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