List of Desert Island Discs episodes (1951–60)

The BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs invites castaways to choose eight pieces of music, a book (in addition to the Bible – or a religious text appropriate to that person's beliefs – and the Complete Works of Shakespeare) and a luxury item that they would take to an imaginary desert island, where they will be marooned indefinitely. The rules state that the chosen luxury item must not be anything animate or indeed anything that enables the castaway to escape from the island, for instance a radio set, sailing yacht or aeroplane. The luxury was not introduced to the programme until after about 100 programmes and the book after about 400 programmes. The choices of book and luxury can sometimes give insight into the guest's life, and the choices of guests between 1951 and 1960 are listed here.

1951

DateCastawayBookLuxury
3 January 1951Eric PortmanNo bookNo item
10 January 1951Monica DickensNo bookNo item
17 January 1951Robertson HareNo bookNo item
24 January 1951Yvonne ArnaudNo bookNo item
31 January 1951Donald PeersNo bookNo item
7 February 1951Peter ScottNo bookNo item
14 February 1951Constance CummingsNo bookNo item
21 February 1951Jack BuchananNo bookNo item
28 February 1951Kay HammondNo bookNo item
7 March 1951Peter UstinovNo bookNo item
14 March 1951Joan HammondNo bookNo item
21 March 1951John ClementsNo bookNo item
28 March 1951Ted KavanaghNo bookNo item
4 April 1951Anona WinnNo bookNo item
11 April 1951Muir MathiesonNo bookNo item
18 April 1951Peter FlemingNo bookNo item
25 April 1951Margaret LockwoodNo bookCrossword puzzles
2 May 1951Petula ClarkNo bookNo item
9 May 1951Larry AdlerNo bookNo item
16 May 1951Denis Compton and Bill EdrichNo bookNo item
23 May 1951Ann ToddNo bookNo item
30 May 1951Maggie TeyteNo bookNo item
6 June 1951Tommy TrinderNo bookNo item
13 June 1951Gracie FieldsNo bookNo item
20 June 1951Eric CoatesNo bookNo item
27 June 1951Bill JohnsonNo bookNo item
4 July 1951Stanley HollowayNo bookNo item
11 July 1951Cicely CourtneidgeNo bookNo item
18 July 1951Leslie HensonNo bookNo item
25 July 1951Jean KentNo bookNo item
1 August 1951Jimmy EdwardsNo bookNo item
8 August 1951Joyce GrenfellNo bookNo item
15 August 1951A. E. MatthewsNo bookNo item
22 August 1951Phyllis CalvertNo bookNo item
29 August 1951Vivian EllisNo bookNo item
5 September 1951Anne CrawfordNo bookNo item
12 September 1951Freddie MillsNo bookNo item
16 September 1951Sally Ann HowesNo bookGarlic
25 September 1951George RobeyNo bookNo item
2 October 1951Mai ZetterlingNo bookNo item
9 October 1951Henry KendallWho's Who in the TheatreNo item
23 October 1951Gerald MooreNo bookA double bass
30 October 1951Clemence DaneNo bookNo item
6 November 1951Ronald ShinerNo bookAny animal which he could train
13 November 1951Diana WynyardNo bookEl Medico by Goya
20 November 1951George FormbyNo bookHis first ukulele
27 November 1951Kathleen HarrisonThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensNo item
4 December 1951Elisabeth SchumannNo bookNo item
11 December 1951John MillsNo bookNo item
18 December 1951Vera LynnNo bookCurling tongs

1952

DateCastawayBookLuxury
1 January 1952Jack HulbertNo bookCigarettes
8 January 1952Carroll GibbonsNo bookMusic manuscript paper
15 January 1952Sybil ThorndikeNo bookA blue vase, an engagement present
22 January 1952Spike HughesNo bookA barrel of wine
29 January 1952Jeanne de CasalisNo bookA picture by Cézanne or a large feather bed
5 February 1952Peter Brough and
Archie Andrews
No bookGolf clubs
19 February 1952Compton MackenzieNo bookFour pipes and matches
26 February 1952Elizabeth WelchNo bookNo item
4 March 1952Roger LiveseyNo bookGolf clubs
11 March 1952Hermione GingoldNo bookA barrel of lipstick
18 March 1952Fred EmneyNo bookA large box of cigars
26 March 1952Anna NeagleNo bookTea
1 April 1952Richard HearneNo bookNo item
8 April 1952Wynford Vaughan-ThomasNo bookCombined radio and television receiver
15 April 1952Delia MurphyNo bookA still for making poteen
22 April 1952Richard Murdoch and
Kenneth Horne
No bookMurdoch – A test-your-strength fairground machine
Horne – a mah-jong set
29 April 1952Kirsten FlagstadNo bookKnitting needles and wool
13 May 1952Fay ComptonNo bookHer two dogs
20 May 1952Robert BeattyNo bookNo item
27 May 1952Dorothy DicksonNo bookNo item
3 June 1952Gilbert HardingNo bookA Kelly Man
10 June 1952Googie WithersNo bookA jade amulet
17 June 1952Godfrey WinnNo bookA pack of cards for bridge
24 June 1952Ellaline TerrissNo bookA piano
1 July 1952Boyd NeelNo bookA gramophone for slow-playing records
8 July 1952Fred PerryNo bookRadio transmitter
15 July 1952Henry HallNo bookA watch
22 July 1952Gladys CooperNo bookNo item
29 July 1952Christopher StoneNo bookA good soft bed
5 August 1952Joan GreenwoodNo bookCigarettes
12 August 1952Michael Denison and
Dulcie Gray
No bookDenison – a raft (to fish)
Gray – a large supply of insecticide
19 August 1952Trevor HowardNo bookOne of his wife's cakes
26 August 1952Anne SheltonNo bookThe little cross that hangs over her bed
2 September 1952Richard AttenboroughNo bookSet of record catalogues
9 September 1952Vivien LeighNo bookA piano
16 September 1952Ted RayNo bookA dozen hairnets
23 September 1952Winifred AtwellNo bookA comb (for hair and making comb and paper music)
3 October 1952Esmond KnightThe Story of Art by Ernst GombrichNo item
10 October 1952Binnie HaleNo bookA piano
17 October 1952Joy WorthNo bookA very expensive piece of jewellery
24 October 1952Florence DesmondNo bookFamily photograph album
31 October 1952W. J. MacQueen-PopeNo bookOne of his lucky charms
7 November 1952Tessie O'SheaNo bookHer ukulele
14 November 1952Nigel PatrickNo bookHis 'useless' dog
21 November 1952Ada ReeveNo bookA workbox for embroidery
28 November 1952Sonnie HaleNo bookScented Soap
5 December 1952Gordon HarkerNo bookA camera and lots of film
12 December 1952Bill GreensladeNo bookNo item
19 December 1952Joy NicholsNo bookA mink sleeping bag

1953

DateCastawayBookLuxury
2 January 1953Wilfred PicklesThe Oxford Book of English VerseHis yellow waistcoat
9 January 1953Margaret RutherfordNo bookA bejewelled golden comb
16 January 1953Ralph LynnNo bookHis eyeglass
23 January 1953BelitaNo bookAn encyclopedia
30 January 1953Duncan CarseNo bookA pin-up picture
6 February 1953Donald WolfitThe BibleA violin with instruction book
13 February 1953Jean CarsonNo bookAn umbrella
20 February 1953David TomlinsonNo bookEddie Gray's juggling equipment
27 February 1953Sheila SimNo bookA clock
6 March 1953Richard ToddNo bookNo item
13 March 1953Pamela BrownNo bookEncyclopædia Britannica
20 March 1953Max MillerNo bookA double pack of cards
27 March 1953Moira ListerA book about astronomyA guitar
3 April 1953Webster BoothNo bookAn ivory pig – his lucky charm
10 April 1953Yolande DonlanA Mediterranean cookbookNo item
17 April 1953Norman WisdomNo bookMotor car and petrol
24 April 1953Isabel JeansNo bookHer St Christopher's Medal
1 May 1953John ArlottNo bookThe biggest second-hand bookshop in the world
8 May 1953Jack HawkinsNo bookNo item
15 May 1953Naunton WayneNo bookNo item
22 May 1953Arthur WintNo bookNo item
29 May 1953Pamela KellinoMadame Bovary by Gustave FlaubertNo item
12 June 1953Sir Ralph RichardsonNo bookHis pipe
19 June 1953Robert HelpmannNo bookA box of paints
26 June 1953Leo GennNo bookA chess set with a book of problems
2 July 1953Lizbeth WebbNo bookNicholas, her three-inch-tall boy mascot
10 July 1953Geraldine McEwanNo bookA box of watercolours
17 July 1953Cecil ParkerOxford Book of QuotationsNo item
24 July 1953Brian ReeceNo bookA ventriloquist's dummy
31 July 1953Cyril RitchardNo bookA photograph of his wife, Madge Elliott
7 August 1953Nora SwinburneThe BibleHer make-up box and contents
14 August 1953Hugh WilliamsNo bookA corkscrew
21 August 1953Alfredo CampoliNo bookA football
28 August 1953Leslie A "Hutch" HutchinsonAn anthology of world poetryNo item
4 September 1953Hugh SinclairNo bookNo item
11 September 1953Peggy CumminsNo bookA painting of circus horses by Toulouse-Lautrec
18 September 1953Jack WarnerNo bookA blue silk scarf
25 September 1953Bernard MilesThe complete works of ShakespeareNo item
  • ^ Allowed 10 discs, due to time allowances.

1954

DateCastawayBookLuxury
17 September 1954Mary EllisNo bookA keg of eau de Cologne
24 September 1954Vivian De Gurr St GeorgeNo bookA picture of his wife
1 October 1954Jessie MatthewsNo bookAn enormous bottle of perfume
8 October 1954John BetjemanNo bookThe lower half of the west window of St_Marys Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire
15 October 1954T. E. B. ClarkeRuff's Guide to the TurfNo item
22 October 1954Valerie HobsonNo bookThe Albert Memorial
29 October 1954Nigel BalchinNo bookA figure of an urchin, sculpted by Donatello
5 November 1954Evelyn LayeNo bookHer bed, complete with big French pillows
12 November 1954Robert HenriquesNo bookOil paints
18 November 1954Celia JohnsonA book on astronomyA rose cutting and some English soil
25 November 1954Captain M. E. B. Banks RMNo bookA painting of mushrooms by William Nicholson
2 December 1954Reginald DixonNo bookA harmonium
9 December 1954Fred HoyleNo bookA large photo of a lot of people at a race meeting
23 December 1954Dorothy WardNo bookA make-up box
30 December 1954Bobby HowesNo bookRed and white wine
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1955

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
6 January 1955Dorothy TutinNo bookPianomore
13 January 1955Sir Cedric HardwickeNo bookNewspapermore
20 January 1955Harriet CohenNo bookBox of make-upmore
27 January 1955Eric AmblerNo bookNovelistmore
10 February 1955Robert HarrisNo bookTuning forkmore
17 February 1955Sir Osbert LancasterNo bookVenus de Milomore
24 February 1955Chris ChatawayNo bookUnderwater breathing apparatusmore
3 March 1955Pat SmytheNo bookGuitarmore
10 March 1955Pat KirkwoodNo bookGardenia bushmore
17 March 1955Sir Alan P HerbertNo bookField glassesmore
24 March 1955Tod SlaughterNo bookHarmonicamore
21 April 1955Arthur AskeyNo bookPianomore
28 April 1955Sir Malcolm SargentNo bookDogmore
5 May 1955Anthony AsquithNo bookSeaside pier with slot machinesmore
12 May 1955Tommy FarrNo bookLongest bar of soap in the worldmore
19 May 1955Barbara KellyNo bookBeach ballmore
7 June 1955Emlyn WilliamsNo bookEncyclopaediamore
14 June 1955Tony MottramNo bookWriting paper and pencilsmore
21 June 1955Nicholas MonsarratNo bookAutograph letters of Lord Nelsonmore
28 June 1955Michael RedgraveNo bookPipes and matchesmore
5 July 1955Yehudi MenuhinNo bookViolin and stringsmore
12 July 1955Lionel GamlinNo bookBack number of The New Yorkermore
19 July 1955Ursula JeansNo bookSuntan lotionmore
26 July 1955Edward AllcardNo bookFive ton block of lead as keel for schoonermore
2 August 1955Isobel BaillieNo bookTeamore
9 August 1955Michael AyrtonNo bookAn ancient Greek sculpturemore
16 August 1955Claire BloomNo bookN/Amore
23 August 1955R C SherriffNo bookScotch whiskymore
30 August 1955Herbert WilcoxNo bookToothbrush and toothpastemore
6 September 1955Eileen JoyceNo bookEncyclopaediamore
13 September 1955Philip HarbenNo bookField glassesmore
26 September 1955Leslie WelchNo bookBedmore
3 October 1955John GregsonNo bookGuitarmore
10 October 1955Max BygravesNo bookGolf clubsmore
17 October 1955James Robertson JusticeNo bookMixed flower seedsmore
24 October 1955Sidonie GoossensNo bookHandbagmore
31 October 1955Frances DayNo bookPianomore
7 November 1955Valentine DyallNo bookTrumpetmore
14 November 1955Vic OliverNo bookMusic manuscript papermore
21 November 1955Beverley NicholsNo bookOil painting equipmentmore
28 November 1955Jack TrainNo bookRose bushmore
5 December 1955Bernard BradenNo bookPair of wife's earringsmore
12 December 1955Bob Monkhouse and Denis GoodwinEncyclopædia BritannicaLarge coloured picture of Marilyn Monroemore
26 December 1955Sir Anton DolinNo bookPhoto albummore

1956

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
2 January 1956Laurence HarveyThe Complete Works of ShakespeareBarrel of winemore
16 January 1956Sam CostaNo bookPainting from the National Gallerymore
23 January 1956Dora BryanNo bookStereoscope with slides of her familymore
6 February 1956David NixonNo bookPhotograph of his wife and baby sonmore
13 February 1956Terry-ThomasNo bookHorse saddlemore
20 February 1956Robert FabianNo bookUmbrellamore
27 February 1956Kenneth MoreNo bookEnglish rock gardenmore
5 March 1956Nancy SpainFifth Form of St. Dominic's by Talbot BainesNo itemmore
12 March 1956Donald SindenThe Complete Works of ShakespeareLucky charmmore
19 March 1956Vanessa LeeEncyclopædia BritannicaClockmore
26 March 1956Cyril SmithNo bookCardsmore
2 April 1956Bebe DanielsNo bookTypewriter and papermore
9 April 1956Stan KentonThe Mature Mind by H. L. OverstreetUnknownmore
16 April 1956Marie BurkeLarge book of short storiesTeamore
23 April 1956John NevilleNo bookLandscape painting by Ivor Hitchinsmore
30 April 1956Athene SeylerNo bookSix feet of English hedgerowmore
7 May 1956Len HarveyNo bookBox of booksmore
14 May 1956Dora LabbetteNo bookPaper and pencilsmore
21 May 1956David HughesEncyclopædia BritannicaGolf clubsmore
28 May 1956Robert AtkinsNo bookLive performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the Regent's Park Open Air Theatremore
4 June 1956Stirling MossNo bookHair restorermore
11 June 1956Ted HeathNo bookRacing form booksmore
18 June 1956Eartha KittHer autobiographyNo itemmore
25 June 1956Eric MaschwitzNo bookBotticelli's Primaveramore
2 July 1956Leslie CaronNo bookArtist's materialsmore
9 July 1956Jim LakerNo bookCricket ball and a pianomore
16 July 1956Eva TurnerNo bookDresdenmore
23 July 1956Tex RitterNo bookCards and a guitarmore
30 July 1956Shirley AbicairNo bookCase of avocado pearsmore
6 August 1956Peter UstinovEncyclopaediaTennis racketmore
13 August 1956Dennis BrainBack number of motor magazinesTypewriter and papermore
20 August 1956Dennis PriceVolume of Giles cartoonsPainting materialsmore
27 August 1956Bernard NewmanNo bookAtlasmore
3 September 1956Humphrey LytteltonNo bookTrumpetmore
10 September 1956Harry SecombeNo bookCollapsible concrete model of Broadcasting House with plastic announcers etc.more
17 September 1956Valentine BrittenNo bookPhotograph of Battersea Power Stationmore
24 September 1956Turner LaytonNo bookPianomore
1 October 1956Kenneth TynanNo bookPleasure gardens of Barcelonamore
8 October 1956Ada Cherry KeartonNo bookCardsmore
15 October 1956Peter KatinNo bookPainting of the Virgin of the Rocksmore
22 October 1956Anthony SteelNo bookPortrait of his wife by Annigonimore
29 October 1956Isobel BarnettNo bookHot water bottlemore
12 November 1956Donald CampbellNo bookCigarettesmore
19 November 1956Dennis NobleNo bookBinocularsmore
26 November 1956Malcolm MuggeridgeNo bookPaper and pencilsmore
3 December 1956John WattNo bookThermos flaskmore
10 December 1956Spike MilliganNo bookBarometermore
14 December 1956Eight inhabitants from the Ascension Islands in the South AtlanticNo bookUnknownmore
17 December 1956Peter FinchDon Quixote by Miguel de CervantesPainting materialsmore
24 December 1956Janette ScottNo bookComplete glamour outfitmore
31 December 1956Tyrone PowerNo bookLeonardo da Vinci's notebooksmore

1957

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
7 January 1957George CansdaleNo bookField glassesmore
14 January 1957Gerard HoffnungNo bookHis paintbox and tubamore
21 January 1957Dilys PowellNo bookPaper and pencilsmore
28 January 1957Zena DareNo bookMink coatmore
4 February 1957Peter SellersThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensSnorkel outfitmore
11 February 1957Peggy AshcroftNo bookFrogwoman's outfitmore
18 February 1957Jack SolomonsNo bookPunchbagmore
25 February 1957Edgar LustgartenNo bookWoman's evening gownmore
4 March 1957Anthony QuayleNo bookWriting materialsmore
11 March 1957Elizabeth BowenEmma by Jane AustenKaledioscopemore
18 March 1957Alan MelvilleNo bookTennis practice wall, rackets and ballsmore
25 March 1957Bud FlanaganNo bookPremium bondsmore
1 April 1957Chris BrasherNo bookSailing dinghymore
8 April 1957Cicely CourtneidgeNo bookFamily photograph albummore
15 April 1957Ralph WightmanNo bookPipe cleanersmore
22 April 1957Tommy SteeleDo-it-yourself bookNo itemmore
29 April 1957Gwen CatleyNo bookPainting of London to be commissioned from Graham Sutherlandmore
6 May 1957David AttenboroughNo bookPianomore
20 May 1957Dick BentleyNo bookChampagne-making kitmore
27 May 1957Victor BorgeNo bookNot paying tax or insurancemore
3 June 1957Alec RobertsonAnthology of poetryChina catmore
10 June 1957Count BasieNo bookPicture of his family with a New York City backgroundmore
17 June 1957Percy EdwardsNo bookJohn Constable's painting of Willy Lott's cottagemore
24 June 1957MantovaniNo bookMusic manuscript paper, pencils and rubbermore
1 July 1957Harold HobsonNo bookCricket batmore
8 July 1957Tamara KarsavinaNo bookWooden statue of St Florianmore
15 July 1957Fred StreeterGardening dictionaryGreenhouse for growing orchidsmore
22 July 1957Blanche ThebomNo bookJewelled gold statuette of St George and the Dragon from the Shutzkammar, Munichmore
29 July 1957Audrey RussellNo bookAstronomical telescopemore
5 August 1957Tony HancockNo bookTelevision setmore
12 August 1957Owen BerryNo bookPhotograph of Granny Grovemore
19 August 1957Leopold StokowskiNo bookTape recordermore
26 August 1957David FarrarNo bookGolf clubs and ballsmore
2 September 1957Alma CoganNo bookPaper, pencils and paintsmore
9 September 1957Eric BarkerNo bookCricket bowling machinemore
16 September 1957C A LejeuneNo bookSoil and rose bushesmore
23 September 1957Christopher StoneNo bookPaper and fountain penmore
30 September 1957Marius GoringNo bookPianomore
7 October 1957Moura LympanyA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustFlower seedsmore
14 October 1957John DankworthCricket annuals from 1920 onwardsSaxophonemore
21 October 1957Commander IbbettNo bookBarrel of beermore
28 October 1957Belinda LeeNo bookLanguage teaching records for all languagesmore
4 November 1957Bransby WilliamsNo bookPaper and pencilsmore
11 November 1957Jack TeagardenNo bookTrombone and materials for making a crystal radiomore
18 November 1957Joan CrossNo bookCardsmore
25 November 1957James FisherNo bookField glasses and modern plumbingmore
2 December 1957Moira ShearerNo bookChampagnemore
9 December 1957Eric SykesNo bookTypewriter and papermore
16 December 1957Earl HinesNo bookPianomore
23 December 1957Sir Thomas BeechamNo bookHavana cigarsmore
30 December 1957Lupino LaneNo bookCameramore

1958

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
6 January 1958Wendy ToyeNo bookFramed Ronald Searle drawingsmore
13 January 1958Lionel HaleNo bookModel theatremore
20 January 1958Max JaffaNo bookViolin and champagnemore
27 January 1958Victor SilvesterNo bookPianomore
3 February 1958Anton WalbrookNo bookIndo-Chinese Buddhamore
10 February 1958Rex PalmerNo bookAlcoholmore
17 February 1958Ben LyonNo bookFilm projector and films of his familymore
24 February 1958Margaret RawlingsNo bookTapestry-making kitmore
3 March 1958Michael Flanders and Donald SwannNo bookTwo pianosmore
10 March 1958Beryl GreyNo bookSwedish wooden horsemore
17 March 1958Frankie VaughanNo bookPainting materialsmore
24 March 1958Flora RobsonNo bookSunbathing oilmore
31 March 1958GeraldoNo bookPianomore
7 April 1958Ian CarmichaelNo bookWriting materials and beermore
14 April 1958Cleo LaineNo bookPerfumemore
21 April 1958Billy MayerlNo bookWell-stocked barmore
28 April 1958Ruby MillerA novel by Somerset MaughamPerfumemore
5 May 1958Oliver MesselNo bookPainting materialsmore
12 May 1958Roy PlomleyNo bookDesk with typewriter and papermore
19 May 1958Agnes NichollsIllustrated dictionaryPerfumemore
26 May 1958Kay SmartNo bookChampagnemore
2 June 1958Eric RobinsonNo book£1 million in pound notesmore
9 June 1958Naomi JacobNo bookSoapmore
16 June 1958Jean SablonNo bookMenu from Maxim's restaurant in Parismore
23 June 1958Derek McCullochEncyclopaediaInflatable pillowmore
30 June 1958Sarah VaughanNo bookGolf clubs and ballsmore
7 July 1958Tito GobbiNo bookExpensive ivory back-scratchermore
14 July 1958Wilfrid Hyde-WhiteNo bookPicture of Charlie Chaplin and model of a Rolls Roycemore
21 July 1958Jean PougnetWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyCask of brandymore
28 July 1958Elisabeth SchwarzkopfFrench cookery bookSuntan oilmore
4 August 1958Eamonn AndrewsCollected short stories of Somerset MaughamField glassesmore
11 August 1958Elsie and Doris WatersThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Diary of a Nobody by George GrossmithSunshade and garbage disposal unitmore
18 August 1958Dr Ludwig KochNo bookHans Christian Andersen's mechanical bird and birdcagemore
25 August 1958Hephzibah MenuhinNo bookChinese language coursemore
1 September 1958Jack PayneNo bookPianomore
8 September 1958Percy KahnNo bookTape recordermore
15 September 1958Dickie HendersonNo bookCine projector and filmsmore
22 September 1958Alicia MarkovaNo bookPerfumemore
29 September 1958Hardy AmiesNo bookDressing casemore
6 October 1958Harry BelafonteNo bookMichelangelo's Davidmore
13 October 1958Richard DimblebyNo bookPianomore
20 October 1958Elizabeth SealNo bookTeamore
27 October 1958Benno MoiseiwitschNo bookRoulette tablemore
3 November 1958Edmundo RosNo bookFilm projector and filmsmore
10 November 1958Elena GerhardtA philosophical work by Johann Wolfgang GoetheTapestry-making kitmore
17 November 1958June PaulNo bookPainting by Gauguinmore
24 November 1958G H ElliottNo bookWaistcoat (his mascot since 1903)more
1 December 1958Paul RobesonNo bookCarved Benin headmore
8 December 1958Stanley BlackNo bookPianomore
15 December 1958Aaron CoplandNo bookChess setmore
22 December 1958Charlie DrakeEncyclopaediaRegency candelabramore
29 December 1958Sandy MacPhersonNo bookRadio setmore

1959

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
5 January 1959Ronnie Boyer and Jeanne RavelMysticism by Evelyn Underhill and EncyclopaediaSoap and white tie and tailsmore
12 January 1959Ronald SearleReproductions of works by James GillrayCar fitted with a telescopemore
19 January 1959John OsborneNo bookPerfumemore
26 January 1959Frederick AshtonNo bookHappy pillsmore
2 February 1959June ThorburnNo bookMink stolemore
9 February 1959Chris BarberNo bookSports car and petrolmore
16 February 1959John MorrisThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskySoap and a pianomore
23 February 1959Peter CushingNo bookPainting materials and model soldiersmore
2 March 1959Cyril FletcherNo bookTape recordermore
9 March 1959Judy GrinhamWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyTypewriter and papermore
16 March 1959Ernest ThesigerNo bookPainting materialsmore
23 March 1959Malcolm ArnoldOxford Book of English VerseGreen Havana cigarsmore
30 March 1959Laurens van der PostThe Odyssey by HomerPianomore
6 April 1959Sylvia SymsHer husband's handwritten limericksTapestry-making materialsmore
13 April 1959Edric ConnorCry, The Beloved Country by Alan PatonToothbrushmore
20 April 1959Tyrone GuthrieAnthology of poetry, some in French and GermanRummore
27 April 1959Marjorie WestburyThe Golden Bough by James FrazerBlue-green silk robe with packets of flower seeds in the pocketsmore
4 May 1959Lord Brabazon of TaraThe Human Situation by MacNeill DixonHot water bottlemore
11 May 1959Ray EllingtonDavid Copperfield by Charles DickensBed with mosquito netmore
18 May 1959Dame Rebecca WestThe plays of Jean RacineCarved stone head of a Chinese philosophermore
25 May 1959Alfred MarksAlice in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollTelephone (out of service)more
1 June 1959Robert FarnonOptics by Isaac NewtonTelescopemore
15 June 1959Henry SherekNicholas Nickleby by Charles DickensEpstein statuemore
22 June 1959Lotte LehmannFaust by Johann Wolfgang GoethePaintboxmore
29 June 1959Uffa FoxAnthology of world poetryPainting materialsmore
6 July 1959Hermione BaddeleyThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahamePainting by Renoirmore
13 July 1959Harold AbrahamsBook of Quotations by Burton Egbert StevensonMircofilm of Bell's lifemore
20 July 1959George MelachrinoThe works of PlatoTurkish delightmore
27 July 1959Ivor NewtonLondon telephone directoryChampagnemore
3 August 1959BC HilliamThe Gilbert and Sullivan Book by Leslie BailyWhiskymore
10 August 1959Norman FisherThe dialogues of PlatoWriting materialsmore
17 August 1959Bessie LoveThe drawings of FougasseEau de Colognemore
24 August 1959Charles MackerrasForeign translation of a long English novelWinemore
31 August 1959John SnaggeThe Little World of Don Camillo by Giovannino GuareschiPainting by Rembrandtmore
7 September 1959Sir Leonard HuttonHistory of cricketGolf clubs and ballsmore
14 September 1959Douglas ByngThe Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzgeraldPhotographsmore
21 September 1959Peggy CochraneThe Week-End BookPianomore
28 September 1959Frankie HowerdWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyPhotographsmore
5 October 1959Robertson HareHis autobiographyTelescopemore
12 October 1959Dave BrubeckEncyclopaediaPianomore
19 October 1959Alfred HitchcockMrs Beeton's Household ManagementContinental railway timetablemore
26 October 1959George Thalben-BallThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeWhite rugmore
2 November 1959Steve RaceThe House at Pooh Corner by A.A. MilneChess setmore
9 November 1959Sir Arthur BlissWorks on astronomyTelescopemore
16 November 1959Benny HillCollection of language coursesFilm cameramore
23 November 1959Joan SutherlandMemoirs of Jenny Lind by Otto GoldschmidtBedmore
30 November 1959Billy CottonTwo historical novelsTicket homemore
7 December 1959John Paddy CarstairsRoget's ThesaurusPianomore
14 December 1959Andor FoldesAnthology of English Verse by Edith Sitwell The Dürermore
21 December 1959Eve BoswellBook on one of the world's philosophiesPianomore
28 December 1959Ted MoultThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensDrawing equipmentmore

1960

DateCastawayBookLuxuryMore info
4 January 1960S P B MaisOriginal Greek works by HomerWriting materialsmore
11 January 1960SempriniThe Nature of the Physical World by Sir Arthur EddingtonTelescopemore
18 January 1960Joan HealThe Complete Works of Oscar WildeInsecticidemore
25 January 1960Antonia RidgeThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerUnbreakable spectaclesmore
1 February 1960Barrington DalbyBook on tropical birdsBinocularsmore
8 February 1960Herbert LomNonsense rhymes by Edward LearModelling claymore
15 February 1960Léon GoossensNautical almanacCamp bedmore
22 February 1960Sir Arthur BryantLife of Johnson by James BoswellPainting by Kneller of a girl in a golden gownmore
29 February 1960Jack JacksonDo-it-yourself boat-building bookTelevision setmore
7 March 1960Marty WildeJane's All the World's AircraftGuitarmore
14 March 1960Russ ConwayOmnibus edition of Hornblower stories by C. S. ForesterTypewriter and papermore
21 March 1960Michael SomesTheatre Street by Tamara KarsavinaTelescopemore
28 March 1960Sir Adrian BoultPilgrim's Progress by John BunyanBlanketmore
4 April 1960Sidney JamesEncyclopædia BritannicaDouble bedmore
11 April 1960John FreemanOxford English DictionaryTypewritermore
18 April 1960Anne HeywoodWhat Then Must We Do by Leo TolstoyPainting materialsmore
25 April 1960Anthony NewleyVolume of short storiesWriting materialsmore
2 May 1960David LangdonThe novels of Charles DickensPianomore
9 May 1960Shirley BasseyRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeLipsticksmore
16 May 1960Brian RixThe plays of George Bernard ShawTape recordermore
23 May 1960LiberaceThe Magic of Believing by Claude M BristolPianomore
30 May 1960Marie RambertParadise Lost by John MiltonWriting materialsmore
6 June 1960Dickie HendersonHow to Play Your Best Golf All the TimeGolf clubs and ballsmore
13 June 1960Professor A C B LovellBook on musical theory and compositionPiano/organ hybridmore
20 June 1960Julian SladeWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyViolinmore
27 June 1960Sir Alec GuinnessParadise Lost by John MiltonApricot brandymore
4 July 1960Claudio ArrauThe works of Johann Wolfgang GoetheEarly Chinese statuettemore
11 July 1960Eddie CalvertPiano tutorPianomore
18 July 1960C Day LewisThe novels of Jane AustenWinemore
25 July 1960Antal DorátiPersonally-compiled anthologyPainting of a sleeping girl by Dominico Fetimore
1 August 1960Johnny MorrisFinnegans Wake by James JoyceYeastmore
8 August 1960Lord BoothbyThe short stories of Somerset MaughamGolf clubs and ballsmore
15 August 1960Danny BlanchflowerThe Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence DurrellGolf clubs and ballsmore
22 August 1960Pat SuzukiEncyclopædia BritannicaCosmeticsmore
29 August 1960Godfrey TalbotCritical and Historical Essays by Thomas MacaulayWriting materialsmore
5 September 1960Paul BeardDroll Stories by Honoré de BalzacGolf clubs and ballsmore
12 September 1960Gladys YoungLondon Belongs to Me by Norman CollinsPairs of spectaclesmore
19 September 1960Michaela and Armand DenisEncyclopædia Britannica and a book on mathematicsDiamond ring and a loud hailermore
26 September 1960Lionel BartUnder Milk Wood by Dylan ThomasNelson's Columnmore
3 October 1960Diane CilentoThe Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerPainting materialsmore
10 October 1960Alec BedserSet of WisdenRazormore
17 October 1960Sidney TorchThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeGolf clubs and ballsmore
24 October 1960Ernest LoughManual on astronomyRadio receivermore
31 October 1960Cliff RichardThe Swiss Family Robinson by Johann WyssGuitarmore
7 November 1960Frederick GrisewoodPhantastes by George MacDonaldCompendium of parlour gamesmore
14 November 1960Ursula BloomBook of Common PrayerWriting materialsmore
21 November 1960Edmund HockridgeEncyclopædia BritannicaPainting materialsmore
28 November 1960Frank Muir and Denis NordenCookery book and A Treasury of Ribaldry by Louis UntermeyerStradivarius violin and model of the Tower of Londonmore
5 December 1960Oda SlobodskayaThe plays of SheridanRadio receivermore
12 December 1960Don ThompsonEnglish Social History by G. M. TrevelyanClarinetmore
19 December 1960Harry MortimerThe Saint by Leslie CharterisCine cameramore
26 December 1960Dave KingEnglish dictionaryFootballmore

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