Wednesday - Sarah Walker
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Five Italian Oboe Concertos played by Nicholas Daniel - HELIOS CDH55034
A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Noriko Ogawa
This Friday (16th November) it's BBC Children in Need, and Sarah Walker's guest on Essential Classics is the British author Anne Fine, the second Children's Laureate from 2001-2003 and a distinguished prize-winning writer for children of all ages.
Anne has written more than fifty books for children and eight books for adults, many of them having won prestigious awards. Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; and Madame Doubtfire has become a major feature film starring Robin Williams.
Anne's books for adults include The Killjoy, her first novel, which received critical acclaim and was runner up for the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Two of her other novels include Taking the Devil's Advice and Telling Liddy and have both been adapted for radio.
Sarah's Essential Choice
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez (conductor)