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Martin Amis

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Martin Amis.

Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs today is the writer Martin Amis. He describes his books as comedies, but, like London Fields and Other People, they are frequently dark and disturbing.

He says that he has no choice as to the subjects of his books. "They come from nowhere and feel like a little gulp in your digestive system". Although he admits that he's sometimes appalled by the characters he creates, writing itself is something he loves.

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

Favourite track: Yesterdays by Buddy Rich
Book: Complete Works by John Milton
Luxury: Cable Television

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Jan 1997 09:05

Music Played

  • The Oscar Peterson Trio

    Night Train

    • Night Train.
    • Verve.
  • Jimi Hendrix

    Voodoo Chile

    • Electric Ladyland.
    • Polydor.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 6 in B minor 'Pathétique'

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

    • Tchaikovsky: Symphonie 1-6.
    • EMI.
  • James Brown

    It's A Man's World

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1966.
    • Premier.
  • Ben Webster

    Late Date

    Ensemble: The Ben Webster Quintet

    • Soulville The Ben Webster Quintet.
    • Verve.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in a minor, Op. 6/4

    Choir: English Concert and Choir Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

    • Handel Orchestral Works.
    • Archiv.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Buddy Rich

      Yesterdays

      Artist: Hank Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Brown

      • The Moods Of Coleman Hawkins.
      • Verve.
  • The Oscar Peterson Trio

    Georgia On My Mind

    • Oscar Peterson Trio.
  • Book Choice

    • Complete Works - John Milton

  • Luxury Choice

    • Cable Television

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Martin Amis

Broadcasts

  • Sun 29 Dec 1996 12:15
  • Fri 3 Jan 1997 09:05

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