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Clive James

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer and critic Clive James.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Clive James. Author, critic and television personality, he is presently contemplating his fourth autobiography - tracing the journey from his childhood in Australia to the Footlights Review at Cambridge University, and then to becoming the wittiest television critic and presenter in Britain.

During the interview Clive reads extracts from his poem 'Young Australian Rider, P.G. Burman', taken from his book Other Passport Poems 1958-1985.

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

Favourite track: Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
Book: My Method of Singing by Enrico Caruso
Luxury: Karaoke piano

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 16 Jun 2000 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Jailhouse Rock

  • Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers

    The Chant

    • Great Original Performances.
    • BBC.
  • This Year's Kisses

  • Tito Schipa

    Una Furtiva Lagrima

    • Arias by Donizetti.
    • Nimbus.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Summer Wind

    • My Way (the best of).
    • Reprise.
  • Alison Moyet

    Where Hides Sleep

    • Alf.
    • CBS.
  • Pete Atkin

    Laughing Boy

    • Beware of the Beautiful Stranger/Driving.
    • See for Miles.
  • Oro de Donato Racciatti


    • Los 100 tangos mas famosos.
    • Fuentos.
  • Book Choice

    • My Method of Singing - Enrico Caruso

  • Luxury Choice

    • Karaoke piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Clive James


  • Sun 11 Jun 2000 11:15
  • Fri 16 Jun 2000 09:00

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