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Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb, chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Christina Lamb is chief foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times and travels the world reporting from war zones and hot spots, speaking not just to key protagonists but also seeking out and detailing the daily impact of conflict on civilians.

An only child, and brought up in Carshalton Beeches, she was a voracious reader and dreamed of being an explorer. Although she was rebellious at school, and at one point was asked to leave, she won a place at Oxford and went on to edit the university newspaper. While working as an intern for the Financial Times, she interviewed Benazir Bhutto and was invited to her wedding in Pakistan. That experience led to her determination to be a reporter from the front line.

Her work has taken her to South Africa, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and among her best-selling books are two which tell the stories of remarkable young women - Nujeen Mustafa who escaped from Aleppo in her wheelchair, and the Nobel prize-winner Malala Yousafzai.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

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Fri 26 Jan 2018 09:00

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  • Strauss

    Hab' mir's gelobt

    Performer: Agnes Baltsa. Performer: Anna Tomowa‐Sintow. Performer: Janet Perry. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • Der Rosenkavalier.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 10.
  • Louis Armstrong

    What a Wonderful World

    • What a Wonderful World.
    • 1.
  • The Corrs

    Only When I Sleep

    • Talk on Corners.
    • Warner Music.
    • 1.
  • Spandau Ballet


    • True.
    • Chrysalis Records.
    • 4.
  • Tom Jobin

    Eu Sei Que Vou

    • Tom Canta Vinicius (Ao Vivo).
    • Universal Jazz.
    • 10.
  • Elvis Costello


    • Notting Hill.
    • Mercury.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto For Clarinet And Orchestra In A (K. 622)

    Performer: Jack Brymer. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Out of Africa.
    • Universal/Island.
    • 4.

    • Monty Python

      Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

      • Monty Python Sings.
      • Virgin Records.
      • 1.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway


    Paper and pencils


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Christina Lamb
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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