About this book
The legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs, celebrates 70 glorious years. Since the show's deviser Roy Plomley interviewed comedian Vic Oliver in January 1942, nearly 3,000 distinguished people from all walks of life have been stranded on the mythical island, accompanied only by eight records, one book and a luxury. This beautifully illustrated landmark book tells the absorbing story of Britain's favourite radio programme, discovering how Diana Mosley caused outrage by fondly remembering Hitler's magnetic charm, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf famously chose seven of her own recordings, and how Terry Pratchett took the Chrysler Building as his luxury item.
BBC Radio 4 is much more than a radio programme. It is a unique and enduringly popular take on our lives and times. This book presents in rich detail the colourful and absorbing story of an extraordinary institution. It tells the story of one of "BBC Radio 4's" favourite programmes that is chronicled through a special selection of castaways.