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Sigrid Rausing

Kirsty Young interviews publisher and philanthropist Sigrid Rausing.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the philanthropist and publisher Sigrid Rausing.

Founder of one of the UK's largest philanthropic foundations, her trust has given away around £230m to human rights causes since it began.

Brought up in Sweden, she is currently the publisher of Granta Books and the editor of Granta Magazine and her work spotting and developing new writers stems from her lifelong love of literature.

As the granddaughter of Ruben Rausing, who founded food packaging company Tetra Pak, she is a member of one of Britain's richest families. Her interest in human rights was sparked as a child by a love of animals and hearing her parents talk about the Holocaust.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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33 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Jan 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • k.d. lang


    • recollection.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Tom Lehrer

    The Vatican Rag

    • That Was The Year That Was.
    • Reprise.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Bird on the Wire

    • The Essential Leonard Cohen.
    • Columbia.

    • Murray Perahia

      Études op. 10 – No. 1 in C major, Allegro

      • Murray Perahia plays Chopin.
      • Sony Classical.
  • Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

    Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us

    • Raising Sand.
    • Decca.
  • The Kills

    The Last Goodbye

    • Blood Pressures.
    • Domino.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    I Get a Kick Out of You

    • Ella Fitzgerald sings the Cole Porter song book.
    • Verve.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le Cygne (The Swan)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals; Organ Symphony.
    • Sony Classical.

    Mansfield Park by Jane Austen


    The British Library


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Sigrid Rausing
Producer Paula McGinley


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