Sue Lawley's castaway is writer John Updike.
Sue Lawley's castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is the celebrated American writer John Updike. His novels include Rabbit Run (and three Rabbit follow-ups), Couples and The Witches of Eastwick.
He is both poet and historian, famous for charting the changes in post-war American society such as increasing marital breakdown and changing attitudes to death. He started his writing career by selling stories to the New Yorker magazine - something his mother had tried for years but had never succeeded. And he'll be telling Sue Lawley about how he overcame a bad stutter, how he has learnt to control his psoriasis and how now, aged 63, he finally feels normal; part of the gang he never was as a teenager.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Sing, Sing, Sing by The Benny Goodman Orchestra
Book: Complete Works by Marcel Proust
Luxury: Silken tent (for luxury, not survival)