Main content

Nicola Horlick

Kirsty Young's castaway is businesswoman Nicola Horlick.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the investment banker Nicola Horlick. She has, perhaps, done more than anyone else to shatter the glass ceiling - a mother of six children and now stepmum to another three, her proud boast is that she's never missed a sports day or a school speech day. She says her career is largely an extension of her maternal instinct and she nurtures the companies she's ploughing funds into. With her apparently limitless energy, talent and ambition she seemed to be the one woman who had managed to have it all. Then her eldest daughter, Georgie, was diagnosed with leukaemia. For the next 10 years, until Georgie's death in 1998, Nicola combined nursing her daughter with her highly successful career, while also looking after the rest of her growing family.

Now she is launching a new investment company and, with her very personal knowledge of the NHS, says she doesn't rule out a future within the health service.

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

Favourite track: A Cenar Teco from the final Act of Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Luxury: A bath.

Available now

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Aug 2007 09:00

Music Played

  • Julie Andrews

    My Favourite Things

    • The Sound of Music: 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition.
    • RCA.
  • Simon & Garfunkel

    The Boxer

    • Old Friends.
    • Columbia.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Pie Jesu (from Requiem)

    Soloist: Victoria de Los Angeles

    • Faure: Requiem/Cluytens.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    First promenade (from Pictures at an Exhibition)

    Orchestra: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras

    • Russian Music: Mussorgsky-Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov-Tchaikovsky.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Don Giovanni, a cenar teco (from Don Giovanni)

      • Mozart: Don Giovanni.
      • Decca.
  • Howard Blake

    Walking in the Air

    • Senses: 20 Contemporary Moods and Themes.
    • Polygram.
  • Bryan Adams

    Heaven

    • Anthology.
    • Polydor.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata

    Soloist: Yefim Bronfman and Isaac Stern

    • Mozart: Sonatas for Piano and Violin.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Book Choice

    • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

  • Luxury Choice

    • A bath

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Nicola Horlick

Broadcasts

Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes

Articles

Articles

Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?

Podcast