Main content

A N Wilson

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer A N Wilson.

Favourite track: Profisciere Anima Christiana by Edward Elgar
Book: The Golden Treasury by Francis Palgrave
Luxury: Bed and blankets

Available now

55 minutes

Last on

Fri 6 May 1983 09:05

Music Played

  • Barbara Cartland

    A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

    Soloist: Dinu Lipatti

  • The Royal Navy College Chapel Choir

    Eternal Father Strong To Save

  • Joseph Haydn

    Duo for Violin and Viola No. 6 in C major - Minuet

    Soloist: Pablo Casals

    • Duo No 6 Haydn.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Se tradirmi tu potrai (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

    Soloist: Tito Gobbi, Maria Callas Orchestra: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra Conductor: Morisini

    • Lucia Di Lammermoor Act 2.
  • Henry Lawes


    Soloist: Robert Tear Conductor: Raymond Leppard

  • Hilaire Belloc

    The Winged Horse

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Edward Elgar

      The Dream of Gerontius - Proficiscere, anima Christiana

      Soloist: Kim Borg Choir: Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus Orchestra: Hallé Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

  • Book Choice

    • The Golden Treasury - Francis Palgrave

  • Luxury Choice

    • Bed and blankets


Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest AN Wilson


Featured in...

The Desert Island Discs podcast

The Desert Island Discs podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes.

Listen to over 2,000 programmes



Read the surprising things we've learned about some stand-out castaways.

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?