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Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam: Fascinating facts, figures and miscellany from one of BBC Radio 4’s best-loved programmes

Mitchell Symons

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Published by Corgi, part of Transworld Publishers

Format: Paperback


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Available to pre-order for 25 Sep 2014


EAN: 9780552167819
Published: 25 Sep 2014


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Flotsam & Jetsam is the ultimate trivia book for fans of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, 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, figures and miscellany – including who chose what, and why. It also reveals much about the castaways' drives and motivations, their influences and, of course, their lives.

Spanning the early years with the original presenter, Roy Plomley, and the present day, the Desert Island Discs programme has brought its own unique surprises to listeners, some very personal, some humorous, such as Eric Morecambe's choice of a deckchair as his luxury and Ernie Wise's of a deckchair ticket machine.

From Beethoven to the Beatles, from chessboards and chocolate to Jane Austen and Zola, Flotsam & Jetsam is the perfect companion guide to the national treasure that is Desert Island Discs.

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About the Author

Mitchell Symons was born in London 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, Mitchell won the Columnist of the Year award in 2002 and now writes a regular column for the Sunday Express. He has written several books and for the past two years he has won the prestigious Blue Peter ‘Best Book with Facts’ award. He lives with his wife Penny and their two sons in Sussex.

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