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Oliver Sacks

Sue Lawley's castaway is neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Dr Oliver Sacks. Now a distinguished Professor of Neurology, he was immortalised by Robin Williams in the film Awakenings. Inspired by Dr Sacks' book of the same name, it tells the story of the summer of 1969, when the catatonic patients he was treating at the time responded to an apparent miracle drug and came alive. He'll be talking about the excitements and disappointments of that summer and also about some of the 100s of extraordinary case histories which have formed the basis of his many other books.

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

Favourite track: Chu Chin Chow Here Be Oysters by Martin Lawrence
Book: Dictionary of Musical Themes
Luxury: Scuba diving kit

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 9 Sep 1994 09:05

Music Played

  • Grateful Dead

    Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)

    • The Best Of Skeletons In The Closet.
    • Warner Brothers.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Mass in B minor - Et in carnaus est

      • Mass In B Minor.
      • Archiv.
  • Martin Lawrence

    Chu Chin Chow Here Be Oysters

    • Chu Ching Chow.
    • World Records.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in B flat major, Op. 7/1

    • The Chopin Collection - The Mazurkas.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni Act 2, Scene 6

    • Don Giovanni.
    • EMI.
  • Tobias Picker

    The Encantadas

    • Tobias Picker: The Encantadas/Romances & Interlude.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Franz Schubert

    13 Variations on Trockne Blumen, D802

    • Denon.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

    • Beethoven: The String Quartets.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Book Choice

    • Dictionary of Musical Themes

  • Luxury Choice

    • Scuba diving kit


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Oliver Sacks


  • Sun 2 Jan 1994 12:15
  • Fri 7 Jan 1994 09:05
  • Fri 9 Sep 1994 09:05

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