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Margaret MacMillan, historian

The historian Professor Margaret MacMillan shares the eight tracks, a book and a luxury she'd want to take with her if cast away on a desert island. Presented by Lauren Laverne.

Professor Margaret MacMillan is a Canadian historian, author and broadcaster. In 2018 she delivered the Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4, in which she examined the tangled history of war and society.

She was born in Toronto in 1943, and her interest in history was kindled by the stories her parents told about when they were young and by the historical adventure novels she read as a child.

After a long academic career in Canada, she found herself in the international spotlight in her late 50s. Her book Peacemakers, about the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize and many other awards, and became a best-seller. Margaret is the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George, who attended the Paris Conference as the British Prime Minister.

She has also written books about Nixon and Mao, about Europe’s path to World War One, and about personalities who have shaped history. She became the Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 2007, and retired from the role in 2017. In the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, Professor MacMillan was appointed a Companion of Honour. She continues to research and write.

BOOK CHOICE: À la Recherche du Temps Perdu by Proust
LUXURY: A machine to help her learn to sing
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Sarah Taylor

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Fri 1 Mar 2019 09:00

Music Played

  • Morriston Orpheus Choir


    • Myfanwy.
    • MFP.
    • 1.
  • Duke Ellington

    Mood Indigo

    • Jazz Profiles.
    • Sony BMG.
    • 14.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Ah! Dite alla giovine

    Performer: Ileana Cotrubaș. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • La Traviata.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Bonnie Dobson

    Un Canadian errant

    • Vive La Canadienne.
    • Bear Family Records.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto No.2 in E flat K417, III Rondo

    Performer: Denis Brain. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Horn Concertos.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Bob Dylan

    Blowin' In The Wind

    • The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
    • Sony.
    • 1.
  • Wagner

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prelude

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Wagner: Orchestermusik.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Strauss

    Hab mir's gelobt, Ihn lieb zu haben

    Singer: Sophie Koch. Singer: Renée Fleming. Singer: Diana Damrau. Singer: Franz Grundheber. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Der Rosenkavalier.
    • 13.


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