The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the novelist and critic A S Byatt. Winner of the 1990 Booker prize for her novel 'Possession' - the story of a clandestine romance between two Victorian poets - she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the isolation of her school days as a highly academic child, the release of university life at Cambridge and her subsequent life at the forefront of the British literary world.

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

Favourite track: Jetzt Fand Ich's by Richard Wagner
Book: A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust
Alternative to Bible: King James Bible
Luxury: Large filing cabinet full of A4 paper & pens

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Fri 10 Jan 1992 09:05

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Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestA.S. Byatt

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