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Sue Lawley's castaway is publisher Kaye Webb.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a publisher.

Kaye Webb was made editor of Puffin Books in the 1960s, and held the job for nearly 20 years. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about those years and also about the crowded professional life which preceded them. As an assistant editor for the pocket magazine Lilliput in the 1930s, she commissioned contributions from distinguished authors such as Evelyn Waugh, George Bernard Shaw and Dylan Thomas.

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

Favourite track: Sea Pictures - Where Corals Lie by Edward Elgar
Book: Messages - poetry by Naomi Lewis
Luxury: Very big photograph album on a wheeling table

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 17 Dec 1993 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Edward Elgar

      Sea Pictures - Where corals lie

      Soloist: Janet Baker Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

      • Janet Baker - Songs And Aria By Handel/Menelssohn.
      • HMV.
  • Jack Buchanan

    Goodnight Vienna

    • Jack Buchanan.
    • Flapper.
  • Walter de la Mare

    Isn't It A Lovely Day?

    • Walter De La Mare.
    • Caemdon.
  • Robert Browning

    My Last Duchess

    • Robert Browning - My Last Duchess And Other Poems.
    • Caedmon.
  • Édith Piaf

    De L'Autre Cote De La Rue

    • Edith Piaf Programme Plus.
    • Impact.
  • Doug Turner

    Puffin Song

    Artist: John Gilliam, Nonnie Locke

    • The Puffin Song.
    • Penguin Books Ltd.
  • John Warner

    It's Easy To Sing

    Artist: Michael Meacher, Eleanor Drew

    • Salad Days: An Original Cast Recording.
    • CBS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus

    Orchestra: The Vienna State Opera and Chorus, Vienna Philharmonica Conductor: Clemens Krauss

    • Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus.
    • Decca.
  • Book Choice

    • Messages - poetry - Naomi Lewis

  • Luxury Choice

    • Very big photograph album on a wheeling table

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Kaye Webb

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