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Penelope Hobhouse

Sue Lawley's castaway is horticulturalist Penelope Hobhouse.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of the country's famous experts on gardens and garden design, Penelope Hobhouse. She will be talking to Sue Lawley about her childhood in Ulster, where she was brought up steeped in the politics of the province. From there, she went to Cambridge, married, and settled down to look after the garden of the beautiful house in Somerset which marriage had brought with it. Twenty-five years later, she wrote her first book which was about that garden and since then she has been in constant demand as a lecturer and author.

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

Favourite track: The Marriage Of Figaro - Dove Sono, Act 3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Luxury: Laptop computer

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 23 Dec 1994 09:05

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    America (from West Side Story)

    Artist: Cast of West Side Story

    • West Side Story.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • James Galway & The Chieftains

    Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

    Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra

    • James Galway And The Chieftans In Ireland.
    • RCA Red Seal.
  • Kathleen Ferrier & Phyllis Spurr

    I Know Where I Am Going

    • Kathleen Ferrier: Blow The Wind Southerly.
    • Decca.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)

      Soloist: Lucia Popp Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

      • Le Nozze Di Figaro.
      • Philips.
  • Mark Chichester-Clarke

    Cello Suite Variation No 3

    Soloist: Jacqueline Johnson Orchestra: Oxford Cello Ensemble

  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius - Praise to the Holiest

    Orchestra: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Simon Rattle

    • Elgar: The Dream Of Gerontius.
    • EMI Digital.
  • Andrew Wicks, John Birch, Lee Stevenson

    The Lark in the Clear Air

    • Andrew Wicks.
    • Abbey.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The heavens are telling (from The Creation)

    Soloist: Arleen Auger Orchestra: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    • EMI Digital.
  • Book Choice

    • The Golden Bowl - Henry James

  • Luxury Choice

    • Laptop computer

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Penelope Hobhouse

Broadcasts

  • Sun 18 Dec 1994 12:15
  • Fri 23 Dec 1994 09:05

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