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Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif

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First broadcast: Sun 17 Jun 2012

Novelist, cultural commentator

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Egyptian writer and commentator Ahdaf Soueif.

She was the first Muslim woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, from an early age, her life has been divided between Egypt and Britain. She was among the crowds in Tahrir Square last year, witnessing the uprising at first hand, and describing events for the world's media.

She says: "Every once in a while there would be a surge of a few meters forward, as your friends, who were being killed at the front, gained you those three metres and your job, as the masses, was to move forward and hold the three metres."

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Eskenderella

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Eskenderella

Rag’een

Composer: Hazem Shahin Lyricist: Amin Haddad

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major

Soloist: Stepan Turnovsky Orchestra: Vienna Mozart Academy Conductor: Johannes Wildner

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Book

Keepers of the Flame by Ian Hamilton

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Religious text

Koran

Luxury item

Paper and coloured pens

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