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Margaret Forster

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Margaret Forster.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the writer Margaret Forster. Her second novel - Georgy Girl - was published in the 1960s and made into a popular film; another 20 books - both fiction and non-fiction - followed and her recent biography of Daphne du Maurier attracted much critical acclaim. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her early life in Carlisle, the stresses of working motherhood and the problems of having her husband, Hunter Davies, formerly confined to a newspaper office, now working at home.

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

Favourite track: In The Bleak Midwinter by Gustav Holst/Rossetti
Book: A House For Mr Biswas by V S Naipaul
Luxury: Unlimited supply of A4 white paper & cartridges for fountain pen

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40 minutes

Music Played

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  • Benny Goodman

    Send in the Clowns

    • Benny Goodman And Friends.
    • London.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

      In The Bleak Midwinter

      Soloist: Tommy Williams

      • Christmas Music From The Tewkesbury Abbey.
      • Foxglove.
  • Sidney Bechet

    Petite Fleur

    • Platinum For ... Sidney Bechet.
    • Vogue.
  • The Beatles


    • The White Album.
    • Parlaphone.
  • Kenneth McKellar

    Marie's Wedding

    • Scotland The Brave.
    • Pickwick Music.
  • Bob Marley

    No Woman No Cry

    • Le Freak.
    • Radioplay.
  • Chas & Dave

    Ossie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley)

    Artist: Tottenham Hotspur

    • The Tottenham Party Album.
    • Cockerel.
  • Plymouth Festival Chorus

    March Of The Women

    • Ethel Smyth: Mass In D - The Plymouth Music Series.
    • Virgin.
  • Book Choice

    • A House For Mr Biswas - V S Naipaul

  • Luxury Choice

    • Unlimited supply of A4 white paper & cartridges for fountain pen


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Margaret Forster


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