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Norman Lewis

Michael Parkinson's castaway is writer Norman Lewis.

Norman Lewis has spent a lifetime travelling the world and writing about it. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he recalls his curious upbringing in Wales with three maiden aunts, his travels in Cuba where he met Ernest Hemingway, and his love of Naples which led to his writing two books on the Mafia. He also 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]

Favourite track: Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky
Book: The Histories by Herodotus
Luxury: Spirit stove

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 8 Aug 1986 09:05

Music Played

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A major

    Soloist: Jack Brymer Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Igor Stravinsky


      Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Igor Stravinsky

  • Guantanamera

  • Ruggero Leoncavallo


    Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Piero Gamba

  • La Nina de los Peines & Band

    Ay Pilatos

  • Ustad Vilayat Khan & Ustad Bismillah Khan

    Gujaree Todi

    • Duets.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Zadok The Priest

    Choir: Choir of King's College, Cambridge Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra

    • Coronation Of George Vi & Elizabeth.
  • Los Calchakis


    Artist: Guillermo De La Roca

  • Book Choice

    • The Histories - Herodotus

  • Luxury Choice

    • Spirit stove


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Norman Lewis


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