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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Katharine Whitehorn

Katharine Whitehorn

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 01 May 2005

Journalist

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the journalist Katharine Whitehorn. Katharine Whitehorn was the first journalist to write a column about her personal and domestic life and draw broader truths from her experiences - it's the kind of material that is now commonly found on women's pages and is satirised in Private Eye's Polly Filler - but in the 1950s and 1960s it was a new phenomenon and she was its brightest and wittiest exponent.

She came to journalism through a circuitous route that took in Picture Post, Woman's Own and The Spectator, but it was on the Observer - where she worked for more than 30 years - that she really made her mark. She was at the vanguard of a generation of women who were told they could 'have it all' and she may even be the only one to have managed it - a successful, well-paid career, a happy marriage and complete family. While at the Picture Post she met Gavin Lyall - who went on to become a successful novelist - they had two sons and were married for 45 years until his death in 2002. She is now the agony aunt for Saga Magazine.

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

Choices

John Denver

1.

John Denver

Follow Me

Performer: John Denver

Others who chose this artist

Frédéric Chopin

2.

Frédéric Chopin

Waltz in A flat major, Op. 34/1

Composer: Frédéric Chopin

Others who chose this artist

Pascal Bastia

3.

Pascal Bastia

Je Tire Ma Reverence

Performer: Pascal Bastia

Jean Sibelius

4.

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia

Composer: Jean Sibelius

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald

5.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor - 2nd movement

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major - 2nd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

8.

Franz Schubert

Impromptu in F Minor, D935 No. 4

Composer: Franz Schubert

Others who chose this artist

Book

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A machine to distil whatever is there

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 10 Oct 1966

Newspaper columnist, Writer

Roy Plomley's castaway is newspaper columnist Katharine Whitehorn.

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Jean Sablon

2.

Jean Sablon

Je Tire Ma Reverence

Performer: Jean Sablon

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Harry Belafonte

4.

Harry Belafonte

I'm Just a Country Boy

Performer: Harry Belafonte

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

6.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

The Modern Jazz Quartet

7.

The Modern Jazz Quartet

One Never Knows

Performer: The Modern Jazz Quartet

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Book

Her favourite works by William Faulkner

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Negligee

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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