Desert Island Discs (6) – The Book

The Encyclopædia Britannica is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still in print. Most people dip into it. On my desert island, I shall have the luxury of reading it from cover to cover. Continue reading


Desert Island Discs (5) – Bruckner and Nilsson

Without a doubt the most beautiful symphony ever penned is Anton Bruckner’s Seventh. It takes its rightful place alongside the composer’s other great works, in the same way that Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait (1658) is one of the best among his other masterpieces. Continue reading

Desert Island Discs (1) – Holiday listening

Recently, the uninhabited island of Taransay in the Outer Hebrides came up for sale complete with ancient ruins, spectacular white beaches, otters and seals. Unable to come up with the £2.2 million needed to buy it, I wondered how I might have passed my time in between sweeping sand off the front-porch. Continue reading