Douglas Adams

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Douglas Adams.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Douglas Adams, creator of the anarchic world conjured up by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how, as a child, he found it difficult to communicate with the adult world, and didn't speak until he was four years old. But as his confidence grew, he set his sights on being a nuclear physicist - an ambition later replaced by a burning desire to be John Cleese in Monty Python's Flying Circus. In fact, he has become a hugely-successful author, a passionate amateur naturalist and a rock star manque.

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

Book: Omnibus of Golfing Stories by P G Wodehouse
Luxury: Martin D28 left-handed guitar

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40 minutes

Music Played

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  • The Shadows

    Man Of Mystery

    • Twenty Golden Years.
    • EMI.
  • György Ligeti

    Requiem

    Soloist: Liliana Poli / Barbra Ericson Choir: Choir Of The Bayerischen Rundfunks Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra Of Hessischen Rundfunks Conductor: Mihael Gielen

    • Ligeti/Requiem.
    • Wergo.
  • The Beatles

    Drive My Car

    • Rubber Soul.
    • Parlophone.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor - Sanctus

    Choir: Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: George Solti

    • JS Bach - Mass In B Minor.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chorale Prelude: Ach, bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ

    Soloist: Daniel Chorzempa

    • Six Schubler Chorales.
    • Philips.
  • Paul Simon

    Hearts And Bones

    • Negotiations And Lovesongs 1971-1986.
    • Warner Brothers.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Italian Concerto in F major - 3rd movement

    Soloist: George Malcolm

    • Italian Concertos.
    • Decca.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    All of Me

    • All Star Festival.
    • Dl.
  • Book Choice

    • Omnibus of Golfing Stories - P G Wodehouse

  • Luxury Choice

    • Martin D28 left-handed guitar

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Douglas Adams

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