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Peter Carey

Peter Carey

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First broadcast: Fri 20 Jun 2008

Novelist, Booker Prize winner

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the author Peter Carey. He says he grew up in his homeland "thinking that Australian history was dull and Australian literature was dull" and that he developed a strong passion to make it new and fresh. In this he has surely succeeded - he is one of only two novelists to have been awarded the Booker Prize twice.

Yet he came to writing relatively late. The son of a car salesman he started off studying science but he abandoned his university career and ended up, in his 20s, drifting into advertising. It was only then that his literary awakening began. "I announced with great confidence one day, 'I’m going to be a writer',' he says, 'I’m an obsessive fool, I was determined to do it!"

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George Frideric Handel

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Castaway's favourite

George Frideric Handel

Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)

Choir: Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Orchestra: The Academy of Ancient Music Conductor: Christopher Hogwood

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Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan

Thunder on the Mountain

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Tom Frampton

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Tom Frampton

Of Cowboys, Pirates & Lawyers

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Gavin Bryars

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Gavin Bryars

Jesus' Blood Never Failed me Yet

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Book

Austerlitz by W G Sebald

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Luxury item

A ‘magic’ pudding and a drink

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