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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Sue Lawley's castaway is novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Sue Lawley's guest this week is the writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Born in Germany, she came to England as a refugee and moved to India as a young bride where she wrote her first film screenplay in 1961 - in eight days. Since then, she has written over 30 screenplays, all bar one in collaboration with the Merchant-Ivory partnership, including Heat and Dust, A Room with a View and The Remains of the Day.

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

Favourite track: Sanctus from B Minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Luxury: A chaise longue by a window

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Jan 1999 09:00

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  • Satyajit Ray

    Shakespeare Wallah - End Titles

    • Merchant Ivory Productions 25th Anniversary.
    • RCA.
  • Parween Sultana

    Pyare Mohan Aavo

    • Sings Rare Melodies.
    • EMI.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Harpsichord Sonata in E major

    Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

    • Works by Scarlatti.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Max Janowski

    Avinu Malkeinu

    Soloist: Hazzan Steven C Berke Choir: The Madrigal Choir of Munich

    • Jewish Masterworks of the Synagogue Liturgy.
    • DHM.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Mass in B minor - Sanctus

      Choir: BBC Chorus Orchestra: The New Harmonia Orchestra

      • Klemper.
      • EMI.
  • Geoffrey Alexander

    Vallauris Corrida

    • Surviving Picasso - Soundtrack Recording.
    • Epic.
  • Ustad Abdul Karim Khan

    Jhankar Jhanakva More

    • Classic Gold.
    • HMV.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet

    Orchestra: Julliard String Quartet

    • Quartets Nos. 12-16.
    • CBS.
  • Book Choice

    • The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Luxury Choice

    • A chaise longue by a window


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


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