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Ahdaf Soueif

Egyptian novelist and cultural commentator Ahdaf Soueif is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Egyptian writer and commentator Ahdaf Soueif.

She was the first Muslim woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, from an early age, her life has been divided between Egypt and Britain. She was among the crowds in Tahrir Square last year, witnessing the uprising at first hand, and describing events for the world's media.

She says: "Every once in a while there would be a surge of a few meters forward, as your friends, who were being killed at the front, gained you those three metres and your job, as the masses, was to move forward and hold the three metres."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Jun 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Eskenderella


      Composer: Hazem Shahin Lyricist: Amin Haddad

  • Mohammed Abdel Wahab

    Emta el-zaman

  • The Beatles

    She Loves You

    • 1962 – 1966 Cd 1.
    • Apple.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Bassoon Concerto in B flat major

    Soloist: Stepan Turnovsky Orchestra: Vienna Mozart Academy Conductor: Johannes Wildner

    • Mozart: Bassoon concerto; oboe concerto; Clarinet Concerto.
    • NAXOS.
  • Abdel Halim Hafez


    • Abdel Halim Hafez Anthology 1965 - 1969.
  • Eagles

    Hotel California

    • Hotel California.
    • Rhino.
  • Fairuz

    Zahrat El Mada’en

    • Fairuz Jerusalem In My Heart.
    • RISSA RI CD 18.
  • Umm Kulthum

    Seeret el-Hubb

    • Sonocairo.
  • Book Choice

    • Keepers of the Flame - Ian Hamilton

  • Luxury Choice

    • Paper and coloured pens


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Ahdaf Soueif


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