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Series 28 - 6. The Dales Way, Part Six

Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 22 Jan 2012

Writer

Kirsty Young's castaway is the author Vikram Seth.

His novel A Suitable Boy was nearly a decade in the writing, but it was a huge and immediate hit and won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He is now working on a follow-up novel called A Suitable Girl. He's due to finish work on it in 2013 - 20 years after the original work was published. The pace of work, he admits, is slow: "The sound of deadlines pushing past is one of the sounds that authors are most familiar with - it's very much in the gestational period."

Choices

The Beach Boys

1.

The Beach Boys

Fun, Fun Fun

Composer: Wilson/Love

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Lata Mangeshkar

2.

Lata Mangeshkar

Ab Raat Guzarne Vali Hai -The Night will Fade into Dawn

Composer: Shankar Jaikshan & Hasrat Jaipuri

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BBC Sound Archive

3.

Castaway's favourite

BBC Sound Archive

Nightingales and Lancaster Bombers recorded in a Surrey Wood

Composer: On Location in 1942

Franz Peter Schubert

4.

Franz Peter Schubert

Erster Verlust

Artist: Ian Bostridge - with Julius Drake on the piano

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Johann Sebastian Bach

5.

Johann Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion - Am Abend, da es kuhle war

Artist: Cornelius Hauptmann -with the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

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Bach

6.

Bach

Partita for Solo Violin No.3 in E Major

Artist: Philippe Honore

Mark Padmore

7.

Mark Padmore

Thoughts While Travelling at Night

Composer: Alec Roth with words by Vikram Seth translated from the Chinese poet Du Fu.

Amir Khan

8.

Amir Khan

Raga Marwa

Composer: Traditional improvisation

9.

Book

Tang shi sanbai shou (Three Hundred Tang Poems) by

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Luxury item

Calligraphy materials

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Occupations

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