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George MacDonald Fraser

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer George MacDonald Fraser.

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is the writer George MacDonald Fraser. When George MacDonald Fraser decided to write about Flashman, the well-known bully in Tom Brown's Schooldays, he found the perfect star for a series of Victorian adventures - from the Opium Wars and Custer's Last Stand to the Charge of the Light Brigade. Eleven books later, the caddish Flashman now boasts a huge following all over the world.

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

Favourite track: Title Music for the Adventures of Robin Hood by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Book: Complete Oxford English Dictionary
Luxury: Typewriter

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • Peter Dawson

    The Cobbler's Song

    • Peter Dawson Favourites.
    • EMI.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Title Music from Captain Blood

    Artist: Original Soundtrack 1935

    • The Warner Bros Years.
    • Premier Soundtracks.
  • The Regimental Band of the Royal Hussars

    John Peel

    • Band of the Royal Hussars.
    • Bandleader.
  • Fats Waller

    My Very Good Friend the Milkman

    • The Cream of Fats Waller.
    • Flapper.
  • Daniel François Esprit Auber

    Fra Diavolo Overture

    Orchestra: Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Fra Diavolo.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

      Title Music for the Adventures of Robin Hood

      Artist: Original Soundtrack

      • The Warner Bros Years.
      • Premier Soundtracks.
  • West End Celebrity Orchestra

    In Party Mood

    • When Housewives Had the Choice.
    • BBC.
  • Regimental Band and the Massed Pipes of the Scots Guards

    Black Bear

    • The Scots Guards on Parade.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • Complete Oxford English Dictionary

  • Luxury Choice

    • Typewriter

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest George MacDonald Fraser

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