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Edna O'Brien

Michael Parkinson's castaway is writer Edna O'Brien.

The castaway this week is the Irish writer Edna O'Brien, whose first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960 to great acclaim. She's also become well-known for her appearances on radio and television. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, she looks back on her career and, in her choice of music, reveals a wide taste ranging from Elvis Presley to Carl Orff.

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

Favourite track: Canon In D by Johann Pachelbel
Book: Complete Encyclopaedia Britannica
Luxury: Cristal champagne

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40 minutes

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Fri 28 Aug 1987 09:05

Music Played

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  • The Johnstons

    The Lands On The Green Hill

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) (from Nabucco)

    Soloist: Nicolai Ghiaurov

  • Olantunji

    Drums Of Passion

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem in D minor - Sanctus

    Orchestra: Paris Orchestra

  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Ah! non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)

    Soloist: Maria Callas

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

  • Carl Orff

    Dulcissime (from Carmina Burana)

    Soloist: Carmina Burana

  • Castaway's Favourite

  • Book Choice

    • Complete Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • Luxury Choice

    • Cristal champagne


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Edna O'Brien


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