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Kingsley Amis

Michael Parkinson's castaway is writer Kingsley Amis.

Kingsley Amis won the 1986 Booker Prize for his novel The Old Devils. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his childhood in South London, the success of his first published novel Lucky Jim, which he wrote when a lecturer at Swansea University, and his subsequent career as a don at Cambridge and then as a full-time novelist.

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

Favourite track: Runnin' Wild by Wild Bill Davison
Book: Oxford English Dictionary
Luxury: Scotch whiskey

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40 minutes

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Fri 14 Nov 1986 09:05

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    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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    Artist: Eddie Condon + Band

  • Castaway's Favourite

  • Book Choice

    • Oxford English Dictionary

  • Luxury Choice

    • Scotch whiskey


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Kingsley Amis


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