Desert Island Discs: Flotsam and Jetsam

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Fascinating facts, figures, stats and trivia, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Desert Island Discs.
 
Flotsam & Jetsam is the ultimate and totally irresistible trivia book for fans of the hugely popular Desert Island Discs radio programme, and a fascinating introduction for all those who have yet to discover its delights. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery through seven glorious decades of entertainment, this book ...
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Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam: Fascinating facts, figures and miscellany from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved programmes

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Overview

Fascinating facts, figures, stats and trivia, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Desert Island Discs.
 
Flotsam & Jetsam is the ultimate and totally irresistible trivia book for fans of the hugely popular Desert Island Discs radio programme, and a fascinating introduction for all those who have yet to discover its delights. Taking the reader on a journey of discovery through seven glorious decades of entertainment, this book offers an endlessly absorbing range of facts and figures, stats and miscellany -- including who chose what, and why. It also reveals much about the castaways' drives and motivations, their influences and, of course, their dreams.
 
Spanning the early years, with the original presenter Roy Plomley, to the present day, the Desert Island Discs story shows how each decade has brought its own unique surprises -- some hilarious, such Eric Morecambe's choice of a deckchair, and Ernie Wise's choice of a deckchair ticket machine -- and some very touching, such as Neil Kinnock's request for a recording of his two-year-old daughter singing 'Horace the Horse', or Duncan Goodhew's choice of a wig. From Beethoven to the Beatles, from chess boards and chocolate to Jane Austen and the Qur'an this is the perfect companion volume to Desert Island Discs: 70 Years of Castaways, and a fitting tribute to the national treasure that is Desert Island Discs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780593070079
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MITCHELL SYMONS was born in London in 1957 and studied Law at the LSE. He has worked as both a BBC television researcher and director, and was a principal writer for the early editions of Trivial Pursuit. An experienced broadcaster and journalist, he has written columns for almost every British newspaper and won the Columnist of the Year award in 2002. He writes a regular column in the Sunday Express and has authored more than 50 books, including the bestselling That Book and several very successful books for children. For the past two years he has won the prestigious Blue Peter 'Best Book With Facts' award. A huge fan of Desert Island Discs, he has had his list of eight records (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young etc.) on permanent standby for over thirty years. He lives with his wife Penny and their two sons in Sussex.
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