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Series 10 - 2. Are Humans Uniquely Unique?

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 31 Dec 2006

Children's writer

Kirsty Young's first castaway of 2007 is the writer Anthony Horowitz. He's a prolific author. His first novel was published when he was 23 and, as well as a series of children's books featuring the 'super spy' Alex Rider, he's also penned a slew of television crime programmes including Murder Most Horrid, Midsomer Murders and Foyle's Law. He first turned to writing when he was at boarding school; he was desperately unhappy and it offered some form of escape. His childhood was peopled by Dickensian figures - although he was brought up in lavish surroundings, his parents were distant and he was brought up by a string of nannies, while he so hated his domineering grandmother that he literally danced on her grave after her death.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that his books often deal with the fragility of childhood and the robustness of children. A father now himself, he says he envies his own children their confidence and happiness. He says that he doesn't consider his work great, or even important - but he does like to think it agreeable and surprising.

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

Choices

Frédéric Chopin

1.

Frédéric Chopin

Etude in C minor, Op. 10/12 'Revolutionary'

Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

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Antonio Vivaldi

3.

Antonio Vivaldi

Et in terra pax (from Gloria in D major)

Choir: The Taverner Choir and Players

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Moulin Rouge

4.

Moulin Rouge

El Tango De Roxanne

Artist: Ewan McGregor, Jose Feliciano & Jacek Koman

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Billy Joel

5.

Castaway's favourite

Billy Joel

She's Always A Woman

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Sir Michael Tippett

6.

Sir Michael Tippett

Go down Moses (from A Child of our Time)

Soloist: John Shirley Quirk Choir: BBC Singers, Choral Society Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

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David Healey

7.

David Healey

Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat

Benjamin Britten

8.

Benjamin Britten

In the midst of life (from Albert Herring)

Choir: The full cast recorded live at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh in April 1964

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Book

A large French dictionary by

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Luxury item

Fountain pen, ink and paper

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Occupations

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