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Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett

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First broadcast: Sun 16 Dec 2012

Contemplative nun, Writer, Broadcaster

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the nun, writer and broadcaster Sister Wendy Beckett.

For over 40 years she's lived the life of a hermit, rising every day at midnight to spend seven hours praying. Her home is a caravan in the grounds of a Carmelite Monastery where she spends her days in silence - speaking only once a day to the nun charged with delivering her daily food rations of skimmed milk, cold cooked vegetables and two rice crackers.

Her self-imposed isolation has only been broken by the - frankly rather unlikely - occurrence of a television career. She is the nun who knows about art and her passionate and pithy critiques of the world's great works and hidden treasures have won her many devoted fans.

With decades of solitude and prayer under her belt she seems, unlike nearly every other guest, to be perfectly cut out for a stretch alone on a desert island.

She says "It's my apostolic duty to talk about art. If you don't know about God, art is the only thing that can set you free".

Choices

Frédéric Chopin

1.

Frédéric Chopin

Polonaise in A Major Op. 40 No 1

Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Others who chose this artist

Thomas Hampson

2.

Thomas Hampson

Beautiful Dreamer

Composer: Stephen Foster

Others who chose this artist

Voces

3.

Voces

Regina Coeli

Cantor: Tony Yates Director: Martyn Warren

Franz Schubert

4.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Schubert

Serenade

Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerald Moore

Others who chose this artist

Johannes Brahms

5.

Johannes Brahms

Lullaby

Performer: Martin Jones

Others who chose this artist

Voces

6.

Voces

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Cantor: Tony Yates Director: Martyn Warren

Giuseppe Verdi

7.

Giuseppe Verdi

Ai nostri monti (from Il trovatore)

Performer: Placido Domingo and Dolora Zajick

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

8.

Franz Schubert

Du bist die Ruh

Performer: Bryn Terfel

Others who chose this artist

Book

An enormous book of logical puzzles by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Refrigerated tabernacle

Others who chose a similar luxury

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