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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Redmond O'Hanlon

Redmond O'Hanlon

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 09 Mar 1997

Explorer, Writer

This week's castaway is an adventurer - the travel writer Redmond O'Hanlon. He's trekked to deserted mountain tops for a glimpse of the rare Borneo rhinoceros, paddled through river swamps to find the Congo's mythical monster, and, deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, he stayed with the most violent people on Earth, the Yanomari Indians.

Along the way, he's encountered scorpions, vipers and a giant catfish "which can take your foot off at the ankle", all in search of a story. As he tells Sue Lawley, although his long-suffering companions survive the journey, they vow never to travel with him again - not even to High Wycombe. He's planning a trip to New Guinea - so will Sue agree to accompany him?

Some aspects of this programme may upset some listeners.

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

Choices

Richard Wagner

1.

Richard Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries (from Die Walküre)

Conductor: Bruno Walter Soloist: Berit Linholm, Brigitte Fassbaende, Vera Schlosser

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig Koch

2.

Ludwig Koch

Mistlethrush

Performer: Ludwig Koch

Winston Churchill

3.

Winston Churchill

This was their Finest Hour (speech, 18 June 1940)

Performer: Winston Churchill

Others who chose this artist

The Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameroon

4.

The Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameroon

Yelli 3

Performer: The Baka Forest People Of Southeast Cameroon

Giuseppe Verdi

5.

Giuseppe Verdi

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Others who chose this artist

The Tribe Of The Andes

6.

The Tribe Of The Andes

Tawantinsuyo - Virgenes Del Sol

Performer: The Tribe Of The Andes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Quintet in A major - 2nd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Book

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A pair of green, insulated Leica binoculars 8 X 20

Others who chose a similar luxury

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