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Sue Lawley's castaway is politician and journalist Boris Johnson.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the politician and journalist Boris Johnson. He is one of the most popular and unpredictable MPs on the Conservative party benches and, under his editorship, the weekly magazine The Spectator sells more copies than ever before.

After Eton and Oxford he made his name as a journalist working for the Daily Telegraph in Brussels. His incisive reports about the future of Europe caused a furore at home and abroad - he claims one of his articles changed the course of European history - and, on returning to London, he hoovered up a number of awards, including columnist of the year and political commentator of the year. But it has not always been plain sailing. His critics say he cannot answer to two masters - and he must choose between politics and journalism - Boris doesn't necessarily agree!

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Finale of Variations on a theme by Johannes Brahms
Book: Homer - an Indian paper edition (to translate)
Luxury: Large pot of French mustard

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 4 Nov 2005 09:00

Music Played

  • The Beatles

    Here Comes The Sun

    • The Beatles: 1967-1970.
    • Apple.
  • Booker T. & The MG’s

    Soul Limbo

    • Soul Limbo.
    • STAX.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion - Ich will hier bei dir stehen

    Choir: Radio Choir Leipzig Orchestra: The Dresden State Orchestra and Choir Conductor: Peter Schreier

    • St Matthew Passion.
    • Philips.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Start Me Up

    • Jump Back:Best of the Rolling Stones.
    • Virgin.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Johannes Brahms

      Variations on the St Antoni Chorale - finale

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

      • Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn.
      • EMI.
  • Van Morrison

    Brown Eyed Girl

    • Best of Van Morrison.
    • Polydor.
  • The Clash

    Pressure Drop

    • Black Market Clash.
    • Columbia.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor - 4th movement

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

    • Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Book Choice

    • Homer - an Indian paper edition (to translate)

  • Luxury Choice

    • Large pot of French mustard

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Interviewed Guest Boris Johnson

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