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Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 06 Jul 2003

Novelist

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the popular novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford. Born in Upper Armley, Leeds, by the age of 16 Barbara had graduated from the typing pool and was a cub reporter in the newsroom of the Yorkshire Evening Post. By twenty she was Fashion Editor of Woman's Own in London.

In 1976, after a number of failed attempts, she sold her first novel to a publisher on the basis of a ten-page outline. That book A Woman of Substance, has gone on to sell in the region of 20 million copies. The heroine, Emma Harte, inspired such a following that she and her dynasty were the subjects of two further books and despite Emma being 'killed off' in the second, Taylor Bradford has resurrected her for a 'lost years' prequel this summer. Emma's Secret will be her 19th novel, with 10 of them made into TV films.

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

Choices

Giacomo Puccini

1.

Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di vedremo (One fine day) (from Madama Butterfly)

Soloist: Marie Callas

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Giacomo Puccini

3.

Giacomo Puccini

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Soloist: Yvonne Kenny

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Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

4.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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Giacomo Puccini

7.

Castaway's favourite

Giacomo Puccini

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Soloist: Kiri Te Kanawa

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Charlotte Church

8.

Charlotte Church

Jerusalem

Artist: Welsh National Opera

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Book

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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Luxury item

Bag of eye make-up, especially mascara

Others who chose a similar luxury

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 27 Apr 1985

Novelist

Barbara Taylor Bradford's first novel, A Woman of Substance, which was published in 1980, quickly became a huge international success. In conversation with Roy Plomley, she recalls her childhood in Leeds, her first job as a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of 16, becoming a Fleet Street journalist, and her eventual move to New York.

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

Choices

Giacomo Puccini

1.

Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di vedremo (One fine day) (from Madama Butterfly)

Soloist: Renata Tebaldi Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome

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Moira Anderson

2.

Moira Anderson

Skye Boat Song

Artist: Peter Knight's Orchestra & Singers

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Giacomo Puccini

3.

Giacomo Puccini

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Soloist: Joan Hammond Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Leslie Heward

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Robert White

5.

Robert White

Danny Boy

Artist: Samuel Sanders

Sir Hubert Parry

8.

Castaway's favourite

Sir Hubert Parry

Jerusalem

Choir: The Ambrosian Singers

Others who chose this artist

Book

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Family photograph album

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Occupations

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