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Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 22 Jul 2007

Novelist, Booker Prize winner

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the writer Thomas Keneally. He had already been nominated for the Booker Prize three times when he published a historical novel that many said should not have been eligible for the contest. It told the story of one man, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and lost his fortune to save more than a thousand Jews. Schindler's Ark not only won the prize, it has been the best-selling Booker winner ever and went on to be made into the Oscar-winning film Schindler's List.

Religion and war have been themes through much of his work and indeed his own life. His father's absence during World War II helped to create a serious-minded child who went on to train for the priesthood. But just weeks before his ordination he quit the church, picked up his pen and started writing.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 147: Herz und mund und Tat und Leben

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Joseph Canteloube

4.

Joseph Canteloube

Bäilèro (from Songs of the Auvergne)

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The Chieftains

6.

The Chieftains

Red is the Rose (with Nanci Griffith)

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John Williams

7.

John Williams

Title theme (from Schindler's List)

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Shaun Davey

8.

Shaun Davey

The Parting Glass from the Soundtrack to Waking Ned

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9.

10.

Book

Collected Plays by George Bernard Shaw

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Luxury item

Can of Beluga caviar, spoon and tin opener

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 26 Nov 1983

Novelist, Booker Prize winner

Thomas Keneally, the Australian writer, won the Booker Prize last year with Schindler's Ark after being on the shortlist twice. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he talks about his writing, about his years in a Catholic seminary and as a teacher, and he chooses the eight records he would take to the mythical island.

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

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Alexander/Gauntlett

1.

Alexander/Gauntlett

Once In Royal David's City

Choir: King's College Chapel Choir Conductor: Sir David Willcocks

Percy Grainger

2.

Percy Grainger

Shepherd's Hey

Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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Antonio Vivaldi

3.

Castaway's favourite

Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons - Winter

Soloist: Itzhak Perlman Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Itzhak Perlman

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Steeleye Span

4.

Steeleye Span

The Boar's Head Carol

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Edward Elgar

5.

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations

Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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The Seekers

6.

The Seekers

With My Swag All On My Shoulder

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9.

10.

Book

Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse by Philip Larkin

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Luxury item

Collection of Times crosswords

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