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  • Published: 25 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448127443
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam

Fascinating facts, figures and miscellany from one of BBC Radio 4’s best-loved programmes

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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 trivia book for fans of the popular Desert Island Discs radio programme, and a fascinating introduction for all those who have yet to discover its delights.

Taking the reader through seven decades of wonderful entertainment, here is an 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, and the present day, the Desert Island Discs story shows how each decade has brought its own unique surprises – some humorous, such as Eric Morecambe's choice of a deckchair as his luxury and Ernie Wise's of a deckchair ticket machine – and some very personal, such as Neil Kinnock's request for a recording of his two-year-old daughter singing 'Horace The Horse'.

From Beethoven to the Beatles, from chessboards and chocolate to Jane Austen and Zola, Flotsam & Jetsam is the perfect companion guide to BBC Radio 4’s iconic Desert Island Discs.

  • Pub date: 25 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448127443
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the Author

Mitchell Symons

Mitchell Symons was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express. Mitchell has won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Awards twice, for WHY EATING BOGEYS IS GOOD FOR YOU and DO IGLOOS HAVE LOOS?

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Praise for Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam

“This ultimate trivia book for fans of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs invites the reader to delve into a treasure trove of castaway anecdotes and amusing luxury items... Guaranteed to take readers on a magical journey through the last 70 years of music”

Telegraph Books

“Thoroughly researched, lively and lighthearted... an artifact - the kind you would take to a desert island”

Big Issue

“Mitchell Symons is the doyen of trivialists, who has been truffling out absurd facts ever since he wrote all the questions in Trivial Pursuit that weren’t wrong. This book is exhaustive and slightly mad, and my life was appreciably poorer before I owned it. Outstanding”

The Spectator

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