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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy, Booker Prize-winning writer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer, Arundhati Roy. She won the Booker Prize for her first novel, The God Of Small Things, which has been translated into 40 languages and became the best-selling book ever by a non-expatriate Indian. After a gap of 20 years, her second novel will be published in June.

Brought up in Kerala, her Syrian Christian mother left her marriage when her children were young and set up a small school where Arundhati and her brother were educated. Raised to be independent, aged 16, Arundhati left home to study architecture in Delhi before being introduced to the film world by her second husband. Since the publication of The God of Small Things in 1997, she has continued to write non-fiction, using her influence her to focus on tackling injustice. She has campaigned against India's nuclear programme, dam-building, globalisation, religious intolerance and the inequality of Indian society.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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36 minutes

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Fri 31 Mar 2017 09:00

Music Played

  • The Beatles

    While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    • The Beatles (The White Album).
    • Apple.
  • Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django

    Hi Lily, Hi Lo

    • Years Apart.
    • Linn Records.
  • Paul Robeson

    Ol’ Man River

    • Ol’ Man River.
    • Prestige.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Ruby Tuesday

    • Flowers.
    • Universal.
  • Janis Joplin


    • Janis Joplin: Greatest Hits.
    • Sony.
  • Bhungar Khan

    Jhatke Aaayo Chomasho


    • Bhimsen Joshi

      Raga Chhaya-Chhaya Malhar

      • Concert Recording Of The 1960's Volume 3.
      • Living Media India, Ltd.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Winter Lady

    • Songs of Leonard Cohen.
    • Columbia.

    Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstam


    A Ratol Mango Tree


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Arundhati Roy
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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