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James Ellroy

James Ellroy

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First broadcast: Sun 17 Jan 2010

Crime writer

Kirsty Young's castaway is American crime writer James Ellroy.

His books have been translated into 30 languages and, according to the New York Times, he is the author of some of the most powerful crime novels ever written.

But the case that has dominated his life and much of his writing was the murder of his mother when he was just ten years old. In the years since, he has tried to find a way of getting to know and understand her.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - 1st movement

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert Von Karajan

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Jean Sibelius

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Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto in D Minor

Soloist: Itzhak Perlman Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier - 3rd movement

Soloist: Emil Gilels

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Anton Bruckner

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Anton Bruckner

Part of the second movement of 7th Symphony conducted by

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Eugen Jochum

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Orchestra: The Quartetto Italiano

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Anton Bruckner

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Anton Bruckner

Beginning of the first movement of 4th Symphony, The Romantic,

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Eugen Jochum

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

Orchestra: Quartetto Italiano

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral'

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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Book

Libra by Don DeLillo

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Sun block

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