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Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by geordiegirl on 13 May 2009 4:29pm
 
It's a programme called OPEN BOOK. 4pm - 4.30pm.

He's talking about the 5 books which have meant most to him. (I bet Hemingway is in there).

 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by bIG bLOGGER on 13 May 2009 5:34pm
 
Yes,I imagine something by Ernest Hemingway,perhaps THE SUN ALSO RISES or FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS,would be in his selection but I wonder who the other 4 authors will be?

Does anyone know whether Michael has ever been on RADIO 4's long-running DESERT ISLAND DISCS,and if so,what were his 8 record choices?
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by TERRY S on 14 May 2009 7:03pm
 
Trust me - Hemingway will be there! I'll be listening. Cheers for the info.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by suzulu on 15 May 2009 1:43pm
 
Thanks for letting us know, Linda. Should be interesting.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by bIG bLOGGER on 15 May 2009 2:25pm
 
Interestingly,when Sue Lawley retired from DESERT ISLAND DISCS in April,2006, after an 18-year stint as presenter,many BBC names were put forward to succeed her,including Jenni Murray,Sue MacGregor,Martha Kearney,Andrew Marr,and Michael Parkinson. Michael Palin was also in the running as fourth favourite for the job,on betting of 8/1...but controversially perhaps it went to Kirsty Young.
When John Cleese was the guest on the programme he curiously chose Michael Palin as his "luxury" to take to his desert island.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by geordiegirl on 17 May 2009 3:29pm
 
Yes, indeed,Peter, if you have a copy of the DIARIES he was on in ca.1977 (didn't like Roy Plomley. I agree there.)Lists his choices. He may have been on again, some are.

I HATED Sue Lawley doing it, & just love Kirsty Young,she's gorgeous, with a honey gold voice, & I do like the way the broadcast media is peppered with Kirstys.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by Ken Dunn on 17 May 2009 10:05pm
 
I've just finished listening to this programme and the 3 books I can remember are Arabian Nights, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repairs and The Virginia Woolf Diaries. There was also a set of four books on India but I can't remember the title. And I'm fairly sure Hemingway wasn't the other one. Apologies if the titles are not word perfect.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by kazzzz on 18 May 2009 2:44am
 
Art of Motorcycle repairs?
Ken is that HOW to fix a motorbike, or art made from bits of motorbike? That's a serious question by the way.
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by bIG bLOGGER on 18 May 2009 4:08pm
 
Robert M.Pirsig's metaphysical outing: "Zen And the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance" was first published in 1974.
I always assumed that he was being either humorous,ironic,or that he was a former biker who had gone off the rails (or rather the tarmac) and found God.

The BBC website at:
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kc262-23k
has this information:

PALIN'S 5 of the Best/BBC Radio 4/17 May,2009:Michael's choices from:

*Tales from The Arabian Nights
*Down With Skool (by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle)
*The Raj Quartet (by Paul Scott)
*Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance(by Robert Pirsig)
*The Virginia Woolf Diaries
*Adam Gould (by Julia O'Faolain)
*After The Fire (by Karen Campbell)
*Dead Men's Dust (by Matt Hilton)
(publishers also included)
 
Re: Michael on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 17 May by geordiegirl on 18 May 2009 5:22pm
 
I do remember 'Zen and the art of m.m.' being INCREDIBLY popular when it was first published - I was working in libraries then. Always rather regarded it as psychobabble myself, but, each to his own!

'Down with skool' is a minor classic - very funny, about schoolboys (albeit slightly posh ones). There were about 4 in the series, but, as so often, the first one, 'Down with skool' is the best. The illustrations, which are as good as the text, were by Ronald Searle, who did the St. Trinian's schoolgirls, if anyone can remember that far back.

LOVED the graceful almost-plug for his own diaries when he talked about Virginia Woolf!
 
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