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Sue Lawley's castaway is horticulturalist and broadcaster Monty Don.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the gardener and broadcaster, Monty Don. Three years ago Monty Don became the nation's most high-profile gardener when he took over from Alan Titchmarsh as the lead presenter of Gardener's World. Entirely self-taught, he has been gardening since he was a child - but it was not until he was in his late thirties that he found he could make his great passion become his vocation.

His first career ended disastrously; he and his wife Sarah set up a jewellery business together and during the 1980s they prospered; they had shops and offices in Knightsbridge and counted singers and film stars among their clients. But when the slump came they lost everything - the business, their jobs and their home.

onty suffered years of depression that left him barely able to function. It was by chance that he was offered some stints presenting gardening slots on television. He never looked back - he says there hasn't been a day since when he's not been working and he's become a successful gardening columnist, broadcaster and author.

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

Favourite track: A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles
Book: Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan
Luxury: Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt

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Fri 14 Jul 2006 09:00

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  • Bob Dylan

    Nobody 'cept You

    • The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3.
    • Columbia.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The Beatles

      A Hard Day's Night

      • The Beatles/1962-1966.
      • Apple.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 22 in E flat major 'Philosopher' - 1st movement

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

    • Haydn: Symphonies Nos 22, 86 & 102.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion - Kommt, Ihr Töchter

    Choir: Choir of King's College, Cambridge Conductor: Stephen Cleobury

    • Bach: St Matthew Passion.
    • Vanguard.
  • Leonard Cohen


    • Leonard Cohen: More Best of.
    • Columbia.
  • The Libertines

    The Man Who Would Be King

    • The Libertines.
    • Rough Trade.
  • Nick Drake


    • Heaven In a Wild Flower.
    • Island.
  • Son House

    John The Revelator

    • Death Letter.
    • EDSEL.
  • Book Choice

    • Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan - Henry Vaughan

  • Luxury Choice

    • Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt


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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Monty Don


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