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Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart

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First broadcast: Sun 20 Jan 2008

Former Diplomat, Traveller

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the former diplomat, traveller and writer, Rory Stewart. His life has been part establishment convention, part wild adventure. He went to Eton, Oxford and then joined the Foreign Office, but along the way spent part of his childhood running wild in the jungles of Malaysia. He was based in Kosovo during the Nato campaign and, at the age of 29, turned up in Iraq and volunteered to help in the rebuilding work. He ended up running one of the provinces. He remains fiercely critical of the war and has written a well-received book about his experiences there.

The event that has changed his outlook on life was the decision he made to walk 6,000 miles across Asia. It took the best part of two years and throughout the journey he relied on the hospitality of villagers to give him food and shelter. Now he spends most of his time in Kabul where he has set up a charity to support traditional Afghan crafts, but he says his next move is to return to Britain where he wants to understand more about how our society works and attempt, he says, to 'normalise' himself.

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

Choices

Sophie Ramsay

1.

Sophie Ramsay

The Laird O’Cockpen

Performer: Sophie Ramsay

Gilbert & Sullivan

2.

Gilbert & Sullivan

I am the very model (from The Pirates of Penzance)

Performer: Gilbert & Sullivan

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The Regimental Band of the Black Watch

3.

The Regimental Band of the Black Watch

The Barren Rocks of Aden

Performer: The Regimental Band of the Black Watch

Dub Specialists

4.

Dub Specialists

Gunman Mix

Performer: Dub Specialists

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Ted Hughes

5.

Ted Hughes

Little Gidding

Performer: Ted Hughes

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Franz Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

Die Forelle (The Trout), D550

Composer: Franz Schubert

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R Khushnawaz, G Mohammad, A Hassanpur

7.

R Khushnawaz, G Mohammad, A Hassanpur

Jâm-e Nârenji

Performer: R Khushnawaz, G Mohammad, A Hassanpur

Don Edwards

8.

Don Edwards

Coyotes

Performer: Don Edwards

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Book

A parallel text of the Bhagavad Gita by

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Luxury item

A ceramic bowl from the village of Istalif in Afghanistan

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