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Penelope Lively

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer Penelope Lively.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is one of Britain's leading writers, Penelope Lively. Author of eight novels, two of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize and one which won her the prize in 1987, Moon Tiger, she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her early childhood in Egypt, her philistine English boarding school and the sources of inspiration for her characters and books.

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

Favourite track: Ruhe Sanft, Mein Holdes Leben (from Zaide) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Luxury: Binoculars

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Sep 1989 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben (from Zäide)

      Soloist: Edith Mathis Orchestra: Berlin State Orchestra Conductor: Bernhard Klee

      • Symphony in G.
      • Philips.
  • Schutz

    Christmas Story

    Soloist: Adele Stolte Orchestra: Schwabischer Orchestra

    • The Christmas Story.
    • Turnabout.
  • George Jones

    Howlin' At The Moon

    • George Jones Salutes Hank Williams.
    • Mercury.
  • Richard Strauss

    Beim Schlafengehen (from Four Last Songs)

    Soloist: Christel Goltz Orchestra: Pro Musica Orchestra of Vienna Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser

    • Four Last Songs.
    • Vox.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Oboe Concerto in C major

    Soloist: Heinz Hollinger Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam Conductor: David Zinman

    • Oboe Concerto in C.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock), D965

    Soloist: Margaret Price, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hans Schoneberger

    • Schubert Lieder.
    • Orfed.
  • Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1

    Soloist: Artur Rubinstein

  • Monteverdi Choir

    Come Ye Sons Of Art

    Artist: Monteverdi Orchestra

    • Purcell: Music for Queen Mary.
    • Erato.
  • Book Choice

    • Moby Dick - Herman Melville

  • Luxury Choice

    • Binoculars


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Penelope Lively


  • Sun 17 Sep 1989 12:15
  • Fri 22 Sep 1989 09:05

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