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Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran, columnist and author, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the writer Caitlin Moran.

A columnist for The Times newspaper for 25 years, she's published five books and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves. The eldest of eight children, and raised on benefits on a council estate in Wolverhampton, she was taken out of school by her parents aged eleven and educated herself at the library and by watching television, reading all the classics and learning from popular culture.

She started writing early and after winning several writing competitions, her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, was published when she was just sixteen. She became a music journalist for Melody Maker and, not long after that, started writing regular columns for The Times covering everything from politics and feminism to musings on her own background. She is currently finishing her sixth book and writing several film scripts.

She has been married to the music journalist Peter Paphides since 1999 and they have two daughters.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

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Fri 27 Jan 2017 09:00

Music Played


    • The Beatles

      Twist and Shout

      • Please Please Me.
      • EMI.
  • Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights

    • The Kick Inside.
    • EMI.
  • Flowered Up


    • Weekender.
    • Heavenly.
  • Crowded House

    Not The Girl You Think You Are

    • Recurring Dream.
    • EMI.
  • Madonna


    • I’m Breathless.
    • Warner Music UK.
  • David Bowie

    Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

    • The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
    • EMI.
  • Pulp

    Common People

    • Different Class.
    • Universal-Island Records.
  • Amerie

    Gotta Work

    • Because I Love It.
    • Sony.
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend


    A solar-powered laptop, not connected to the internet


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Caitlin Moran
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 22 Jan 2017 11:15
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