Main content

E P Thompson

Sue Lawley's castaway is historian and campaigner E P Thompson.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is the historian EP Thompson. As a lifelong peace campaigner, Edward Thompson enjoys making history as much as writing about it. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his disillusionment with the Communist Party, how and why he founded the magazine which has become The New Left Review, and enjoying his carefully-selected eight records.

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

Favourite track: Carolan's Receipt by Derek Bell
Book: Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake
Luxury: Typewriter and paper

Available now

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 8 Nov 1991 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Derek Bell

      Carolan's Receipt

      • Carolan's Receipt.
      • Schanachie.
  • Rabindranath Tagore

    Purano Sai Diner Katha

  • Paul Robeson

    The Peat Bog Soldiers

    • Songs Of Free Men (Spirituals).
    • CBS.
  • Julian Bream

    Batell Galliard

    • The Golden Age Of English Lute Music.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Prisoners' Chorus (from Fidelio)

    Orchestra: The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    • Famous Opera Choruses.
    • EMI.
  • Peter Warlock

    He hears the cry of the sedge (from The Curlew)

    Soloist: James Griffett Orchestra: The Haffner String Quartet

    • The Curlew.
    • Pearl.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Keyboard Trio No. 2 In E flat major 'Kegelstatt'

    Orchestra: The Nash Ensemble

    • Mozart Trio.
    • Virgin.
  • Henry Purcell

    Hark! Now all things (from The Fairy Queen)

    Soloist: Emma Kirkby

    • Songs And Airs.
    • Oiseau Lyre.
  • Book Choice

    • Songs of Innocence and Experience - William Blake

  • Luxury Choice

    • Typewriter and paper


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest E P Thompson


  • Sun 3 Nov 1991 12:15
  • Fri 8 Nov 1991 09:05

Featured in...

Desert Island Discs Challenge

Desert Island Discs Challenge

Radio 4 is challenging you to share your list online.

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes



Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?