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Beth Chatto, Philip Roth, Doreen Simmons, Khurshid Drabu, June Milne.

Julian Worricker on gardener Beth Chatto, author Philip Roth, sumo expert Doreen Simmons, judge Khurshid Drabu, writer and publisher June Milne.

Photo: Philip Roth

Julian Worricker on:

Beth Chatto, the gardener and writer regarded as one of the most influential horticulturists of the past 50 years

The multiple award-winning American novelist, Philip of Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral

Doreen Simmons, who moved to Japan in her forties and became an authority on sumo wrestling

Britain's first Muslim judge, Khurshid Drabu, described as a pioneer in promoting community cohesion

And June Milne, writer, publisher, and trusted guardian of the works of independent Ghana's first leader, Kwame Nkrumah.

Archive clips from: The Cancer of Betrayal, 03/03/07 Radio 4; Woman's Hour, 18/08/08 Radio 4; Gardening Gurus, 30/01/00 Radio 4; Front Row, 27/06/11 Radio 4; The World Tonight, 15/07/05 Radio 4; Sumo wrestling commentary, NHK TV.

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28 minutes

Beth Chatto

Born 27 June 1923; died 13 May 2018, aged 94. 

Last Word spoke to her granddaughter Julia Boulton, and gardening expert Pippa Greenwood.

Philip Roth

Born 19 March 1933; died 22 May 2018, aged 85. 

Last Word spoke to journalist and broadcaster Michael Carlson.

Doreen Simmons

Born 29 May 1932; died 23 April 2018, aged 85.  

Last Word spoke to her friend and fellow sumo commentator Stuart Varnam- Atkin.

Khurshid Drabu

Born 8 March 1946; died 20 April 2018, aged 72.  

Last Word spoke to his friend and former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie OBE.

June Milne

Born 1920; died 7 May 2018, aged 98.   

Last Word spoke to Solomon Kakembo, Director of Panaf Books.


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Julia Boulton
Interviewed Guest Pippa Greenwood
Interviewed Guest Michael Carlson
Interviewed Guest Stuart Varnam-Atkin
Interviewed Guest Iqbal Sacranie
Interviewed Guest Solomon Kakembo
Presenter Julian Worricker
Producer Neil George