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Lady Soames

Sue Lawley's castaway is the writer Mary Soames.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is Lady Soames, historian and only surviving child of Winston Churchill. A distinguished author and now Chairman of the Board of the National Theatre, she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her extraordinary life - recalling her blissful childhood spent at Chartwell, the family's country home. She'll also be talking about the many state visits she made with her father and her husband - and remembering a conversation she had with General de Gaulle, who gave her lots of good advice on the best places to walk dogs in Paris.

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

Favourite track: Symphony No 6 In F Major Op 68 Pastoral by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: Memories From Beyond The Grave by Chateaubriand
Luxury: Supply of fine Havana cigars

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Sep 1993 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

      • Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies.
      • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 147: Herz und mund und Tat und Leben

    • John Ogdon And Brenda Lucas: Music For 2 Pianos.
    • IMP.
  • Carroll Gibbons

    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

    • The Vintage Bands.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Pasco

    To His Coy Mistress

    • Best Loved Verse Read By Gwen Watford And Richard Pasco.
    • LFP.
  • Julia Ward Howe

    Battle Hymn Of The Republic

    • God Bless America.
    • RCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

    • Schubert: Impromptus D 899 & D 935.
    • Philips.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Let the bright Seraphim (from Samson)

    • Kiri Te Kanawa 'Ave Maria'.
    • Philips.
  • Huddersfield Choral Society

    O Worship The King

    • The Hymns Album - Huddersfield Choral Society.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Memories From Beyond The Grave - Chateaubriand

  • Luxury Choice

    • Supply of fine Havana cigars

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Lady Soames

Broadcasts

  • Sun 22 Mar 1992 12:15
  • Fri 27 Mar 1992 09:05
  • Sun 12 Apr 1992 12:15
  • Fri 17 Apr 1992 09:05
  • Fri 3 Sep 1993 09:05

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