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Julia Donaldson

Kirsty Young's castaway is children's author Julia Donaldson.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the children's author Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo is her best known creation. Published 10 years ago, it's become a modern classic; it has sold more than four million copies, won an armful of awards and been turned into a film. But Julia nearly gave up when she was half way through writing it, and only the encouragement of her son persuaded her to continue. Its latest accolade is that BBC listeners have just voted it their favourite book for reading out loud at bedtime.

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

Favourite track: An Die Music by Felicity Lott
Book: Poem for the day by Wendy Cope
Luxury: A piano.

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45 minutes

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Fri 20 Nov 2009 09:00

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

    Soloist: Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin

    • Beethoven: Sonatas Nos. 5 & 9.
    • HMV.
  • Édith Piaf

    La Foule

    • Salle D’Attente/La Foule.
    • Columbia.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Trio in G Major,Op. 73/2 'Gypsy' -3rd movement

    Orchestra: The Beaux Arts Trio

    • Haydn: Piano Trios.
    • Philips.
  • Flanders and Swann

    Slow Train

    • At the Drop of Another Hat.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Felicity Lott

      An Die Music

      Soloist: Graham Johnson

      • Felicity Lott sings Schubert.
      • IMP.
  • Malcolm Donaldson

    Cochon Blues

    • First Fourteen.
    • Longman records.
  • David Bowie

    Remembering Marie A

    • Baal.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Recorder Sonata in F Major, Op. 1/11

    Soloist: Michala Petri Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

    • Handel: Recorder Sonatas.
    • Philips.
  • Book Choice

    • Poem for the day - Wendy Cope

  • Luxury Choice

    • A piano

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Julia Donaldson

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