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Mary Wesley

Mary Wesley

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First broadcast: Sun 22 Apr 1990

Novelist

This week's Desert Island Discs castaway is novelist Mary Wesley. Although she has written poetry and prose throughout her life, it was not until she was a widow in her 70s, struggling to make ends meet, that she had her first book, Jumping the Queue, published. That was eight years ago, and since then she has gone on to write six more best-sellers like The Camomile Lawn and Not That Sort of Girl. Mary Wesley will be talking to Sue Lawley about the pleasures and perils of her late arrival to literary fame and choosing eight records to accompany her to her desert island.

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

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major - 4th movement

Orchestra: The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

2.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major

Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Monks of the Abbey of St Pierre de Solesmes

3.

Monks of the Abbey of St Pierre de Solesmes

Christmas Hymn From Christmas Day Mass

Benjamin Britten

4.

Benjamin Britten

Dirge (from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

Soloist: Peter Pears Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 4 In E flat major

Orchestra: The Philharmonia And New Philharmonia Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

The Beatles

6.

The Beatles

When I'm Sixty Four

Others who chose this artist

BBC Sound Effects

7.

BBC Sound Effects

Dawn Chorus

Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Soloist: Georges Enesco, Yehudi Menuhin

Others who chose this artist

Book

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Denis Healey or large double bed with pillows

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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