Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Rumer Godden.
Always an outsider, she seems to have gone against all the mores of her time; from opening a dancing school in Calcutta to living alone with her children in Kashmir. On Desert Island Discs this week, the writer Rumer Godden describes how her rich life in India (under the Raj) and in Britain has influenced her novels.
She says she can't remember a time when she didn't write. Now in her late 80s, and after publishing more than 50 books, including Black Narcissus and The River, she's just added another to her list.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Kinderscenen Traumerei by Robert Schumann
Book: The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell
Luxury: A widow's cruse filled with whisky
Peacock Spring Music
Träumerei (from Scenes from Childhood)
Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz
- The Sound Of Horowitz.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
- Stormy Weather.
Orchestra: Los Frontierizos Choir: The Choir Of The Bassilica
- Misa Criolla And Misa Flamenca.
Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra
- Berloz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Porgi, amor (from The Marriage of Figaro)
Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
- Mozart - The Marriage Of Figaro.
Orchestra: The Ballet Theatre Orchestra Conductor: Joseph Levine
- Chopin Les Sylphides.
- Capitol Records.
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Soloist: Claudio Arrau
- Claudio Arrau - Liszt.
The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry - Edith Sitwell
A widow's cruse filled with whisky
|Interviewed Guest||Rumer Godden|
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