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Claire Tomalin

Sue Lawley's castaway is biographer Claire Tomalin.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Claire Tomalin. A writer and literary editor, she is probably best known for a series of acclaimed biographies of women, including Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jane Austin. She began working in the literary world late in life, after bringing up her family. This, and a series of personal tragedies, including the death of her husband and two of her children, has no doubt made her particularly sympathetic to the lives of literary women in the 19th century.

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

Favourite track: Sull'aria. Che Soave Zeffietto (Act 3) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: Complete diaries by Samuel Pepys
Luxury: A garden

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Fri 14 Apr 2000 09:00

Music Played

  • Richard Lloyd and Bill Lloyd

    Lake Isle of Innisfree - PRIVATE RECORDING

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Sull'aria (from The Marriage of Figaro)

      Soloist: Graziella Sciutti and Sena Jurinac

      • The Marriage of Figaro.
      • Classics For Pleasure.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg variations - Variations Nos. 20 & 21

    Soloist: Glenn Gould

    • J.S.Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988.
    • CBS.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    In the Still of the Night

    • Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook.
    • Verve.
  • Martin Jarvis

    Ready Steady No!

    • Speak After the Beep.
    • Reed Audio 1996.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet No. 14 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden' - 1st movement

    Orchestra: Lindsay String Quartet

    • Schubert:String Quartets Nos. 12 + 14.
    • ASV.
  • Hómēros

    Illiad (End of Book 19)

    Soloist: Derek Jacobi

    • The Illiad.
    • Pen 6.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Cello, Oboe

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of the Saare

    • Haydn.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Book Choice

    • Complete diaries - Samuel Pepys

  • Luxury Choice

    • A garden


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Claire Tomalin


  • Sun 9 Apr 2000 11:15
  • Fri 14 Apr 2000 09:00

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