List of Desert Island Discs episodes (1971–80)

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 choices of book and luxury can sometimes give insight into the guest's life, and the choices of guests between 1971 and 1980 are listed here.


2 January 1971Sacha DistelEnglish DictionaryGuitarmore
9 January 1971James FittonEncyclopediaPainting materialsmore
16 January 1971Robert BoltNovels of P. G. WodehouseWriting materialsmore
23 January 1971Madame (Lilian) Stiles-AllenThe Science of Mind by Ernest HolmesPianomore
30 January 1971Laurie LeeThe Atlantic Book of British and American Poetry by Edith SitwellMaterials for making wine or beermore
6 February 1971Alan KeithOxford Book of English VerseModel-making toolsmore
13 February 1971Harvey SmithA selection to sampleRadio receivermore
20 February 1971Wendy CraigComplete works of Oscar WildeToothbrushesmore
27 February 1971Ravi ShankarPoems of Rabindranath TagorePerfumemore
6 March 1971Ludovic KennedyPoems of George Herbert and John DonneTartar saucemore
13 March 1971Patrick CargillThe Spotlight casting directoryHis Bentley carmore
20 March 1971Sir Louis GlucksteinThe Oxford Dictionary of QuotationsFour-poster bedmore
27 March 1971Clodagh RodgersThe Godfather by Mario PuzoPrawn cocktailsmore
3 April 1971Peter DaubenyHis own book My World of TheatrePicture of his familymore
10 April 1971Geoff BoycottA set of Wisden Cricketers' AlmanacksTelephone line to a sports newspapermore
17 April 1971Mrs MillsCookery encyclopediaFamily photographmore
24 April 1971Jonathan MillerThe Road to Xanadu by John Livingston LowesRazormore
1 May 1971Billie WhitelawCookery bookMake-up boxmore
8 May 1971Reginald FoortBack numbers of the Reader's DigestOrganmore
15 May 1971John BraineCollected poems of John BetjemanRené Magritte's The Empire of Lightmore
22 May 1971Joyce GrenfellScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker EddyWriting materialsmore
29 May 1971Ronnie CorbettHandbook on tropical vegetationGolf clubs and ballsmore
5 June 1971Vernon BartlettEncyclopediaWriting materials and playing cardsmore
12 June 1971Elizabeth RyanOxford Book of English VersePianomore
19 June 1971Clive DunnEncyclopediaSoapmore
26 June 1971Maurice WoodruffPalgrave's Golden TreasuryWriting materialsmore
3 July 1971Michael CrawfordA Book of Beauty by John HadfieldCherry treemore
10 July 1971Laurence WhistlerCome Hither by Walter de la MareMagnifying glassmore
17 July 1971John CleeseVincent Price's Cookery BookLife-sized model of Margaret Thatcher and a baseball batmore
24 July 1971James LaverOxford Book of English VerseBuddhist altar in the British Museummore
31 July 1971Lorin MaazelCollected works of EpictetusChess set with a problem bookmore
7 August 1971Ian McKellenCollected works of Jane AustenWriting materialsmore
14 August 1971Richard GordonMichelin Guide to FrancePinmore
21 August 1971Sylva Stuart WatsonVolumes on astronomy and astrologyForty yards of flowered chintz, a needle & cottonmore
28 August 1971Arthur RubinsteinBook from his libraryRevolvermore
4 September 1971Glenda JacksonPersuasion by Jane AustenQueen Mary's Dolls' Housemore
11 September 1971David ShepherdVolume on Elementary CalculusThe Black Prince Steam Locomotive, canvases and oil paintmore
18 September 1971Kenneth AllsopDo-it-yourself manualBinocularsmore
25 September 1971Mollie LeeIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustTypewriter and papermore
2 October 1971Caterina ValenteNovels by James A. MichenerEnglish pubmore
9 October 1971Sacheverell SitwellWar and Peace and Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyRefrigeratormore
16 October 1971Ivy BensonLondon Sparrow by Phyllis ThompsonPianomore
23 October 1971Sibyl Mary HathawayHistory of England by Keith FeilingCanvas and tapestry toolsmore
30 October 1971C A JoyceNovels by Georgette HeyerSelf-portrait painted by his wifemore
6 November 1971Vivian DunnAutobiography of Winston ChurchillPiano, manuscript paper, pencils and a rubbermore
13 November 1971Nicolette Milnes-WalkerThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienHot water and bath oilmore
20 November 1971Alfred BrendelLieder by Franz SchubertBavarian rococo churchmore
27 November 1971Steve RaceDictionary of Musical ThemesBinocularsmore
4 December 1971Graham KerrEncyclopaedia of Ancient CivilisationsWinemore
11 December 1971Barbara MullenIllustrated HerbalDart board and darts of different weightsmore
18 December 1971Julia Trevelyan OmanElizabeth RSeedsmore
25 December 1971David FrostSet of HansardPaper and felt-tipped pensmore


1 January 1972Gwen BerrymanCookery bookWriting materialsmore
8 January 1972Isaac SternEncyclopædia BritannicaRefrigeratormore
15 January 1972Christopher PlummerWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. MilneJeroboam of Taittinger Champagnemore
22 January 1972Richard IngramsTeach yourself piano tuningPianomore
29 January 1972Stuart BurrowsComplete works of Oscar WildeSoapmore
5 February 1972David HockneyRoute 69 by Floyd CarterPaper, pencils and a battery-operated sharpenermore
12 February 1972Alice DelysiaLes Misérables by Victor HugoBedmore
19 February 1972Michael ParkinsonDeath in the Afternoon by Ernest HemingwayTypewriter and papermore
26 February 1972Hammond InnesThe European Settlement of North America by Stanley ElliottGuinness World Recordsmore
4 March 1972Raymond LeppardIliad and Odyssey by HomerGin, Dry Martini and lemonsmore
11 March 1972David StoreyPoetry by W. B. YeatsWood and stone-carving toolsmore
18 March 1972Elizabeth HarwoodSurvival manualJohn Constable landscapemore
25 March 1972Robertson HareHis book Yours IndubitablyScotch Whiskymore
1 April 1972John NoakesThe Corn Is Green by Emlyn Williams12th-century candlestick in Victoria and Albert Museummore
8 April 1972Sir Geoffrey JacksonThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienSpanish guitarmore
15 April 1972Wendy HillerDiary of a Country Parson by James WoodfordeThe Resurrection, Cookham by Stanley Spencermore
22 April 1972Léonide MassineHis book on Choreographymore
29 April 1972Elizabeth Jane HowardEncyclopediaWriting materialsmore
6 May 1972David BryantEncyclopedia of GardeningGolf clubs and ballsmore
13 May 1972Joan BakewellCollected works of James JoyceYellow Lamborghinimore
20 May 1972Geoffrey ParsonsThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienCrystal rock specimensmore
27 May 1972Tony BennettComplete works of Leonardo da VinciPainting materialsmore
3 June 1972Alec Robertson48 Preludes and Fugues by Johann Sebastian BachPianomore
10 June 1972Professor Francis CampsOxford English DictionaryTape recordermore
17 June 1972Judi DenchBook of KellsBasil Brush films and projectormore
24 June 1972Jean PlaidyDictionary of National BiographyTypewriter, paper and a hostess gownmore
1 July 1972Charles GrovesAnthology of English VerseCigarsmore
8 July 1972Henry Cecil LeonA Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson FowlerAspirinmore
15 July 1972Joe HendersonThe Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van LoonRadio receivermore
22 July 1972Marcel MarceauPainting materialsmore
29 July 1972Sir Arthur BlissThe Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David WyssBinocularsmore
5 August 1972Edward ArdizzoneThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensMalt whisky and drawing papermore
12 August 1972Stéphane GrappelliAtlasKoh-i-Noor diamondmore
19 August 1972Professor Barry CunliffeBook on plant geneticsStillmore
26 August 1972Jimmy TarbuckEncyclopædia BritannicaGolf clubs and ballsmore
2 September 1972David FranklinA Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson FowlerPadded deckchairmore
9 September 1972Anthony LawrenceIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustTwo armchairsmore
16 September 1972Margaret LockwoodEncyclopædia BritannicaPianomore
23 September 1972John ReedDo it yourself manualPainting materialsmore
30 September 1972Terence CuneoAnthony Adverse by Hervey AllenPainting materialsmore
7 October 1972Michael AspelHistory of the WorldPianomore
14 October 1972Christopher GableThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienStillmore
21 October 1972Jack CharltonThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainSpyglassmore
28 October 1972Imogen HolstDiaries of Francis KilvertSpyglassmore
4 November 1972Dennis WheatleyEncyclopædia BritannicaStamp albummore
11 November 1972Maggie SmithEncyclopædia BritannicaSun-barrier cream and a straw hatmore
18 November 1972Beverly SillsGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellTelephonemore
25 November 1972Peter TownsendRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeSeedsmore
2 December 1972Adelaide HallHistory of the United StatesCrochet needles and woolmore
9 December 1972Johnny SpeightPrefaces by George Bernard ShawGolf clubs and ballsmore
16 December 1972Tom HarrissonI ChingSnorkelmore
23 December 1972Elsie and Doris WatersAnthology of Poetry and Novels by Charlotte BrontëPiano and sheet musicmore
30 December 1972Noel RawsthorneSurvival manualHarpsichordmore


6 January 1973Tony BrittonLanguage coursesScotch and Champagnemore
13 January 1973Mike YarwoodVolume of colour reproductions of paintingsDaily newspapermore
20 January 1973Denise RobinsEncyclopædia BritannicaFamily photographmore
27 January 1973Robert NesbittEncyclopædia BritannicaMoët & Chandon Champagne 1966more
3 February 1973Anthony SmithAtlasSketching materialsmore
10 February 1973Rita HunterAnthology of PoetryOil-painting equipmentmore
17 February 1973John Le MesurierDiary by Samuel PepysSmall distillerymore
24 February 1973Leslie ThomasHis book The Virgin SoldiersSand iron and golf ballsmore
3 March 1973Alexander GibsonThe Complete Opera Book by Gustav KobbéPianomore
10 March 1973Dame Veronica Wedgwood OMVolume of colour reproductions of paintingsBinocularsmore
17 March 1973George MellyIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustPianomore
24 March 1973Cathleen NesbittCollected works by Michel de MontaigneDuvetmore
31 March 1973Christopher SerpellDiary by Samuel PepysEquipment for winemaking and brewingmore
7 April 1973Florence De JongCartoons by Carl GilesAccordionmore
14 April 1973Harry LomanA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensCardsmore
21 April 1973Chris BoningtonMarlborough: His Life and Times by Winston ChurchillRadio receivermore
28 April 1973Edith CoatesNovels by Jean PlaidyBrandymore
5 May 1973Norman Thelwell--more
12 May 1973John HustonPlato's dialoguesHavana cigarsmore
19 May 1973Joseph CooperCome Hither by Walter de la MareDummy piano keyboardmore
2 June 1973Edith SummerskillBrewer's Dictionary of Phrase and FableFour-poster bedmore
9 June 1973Joe BugnerPapillon by Henri CharrièreChess setmore
16 June 1973Basil DeanAnthology of PoetryWhiskymore
23 June 1973Georgie FameHistory of MankindSaxophonemore
30 June 1973Brenda BruceBhagavad Gita by Christopher IsherwoodWriting materialsmore
7 July 1973Wilfrid Van WyckShort Stories by W. Somerset MaughamRadio receivermore
14 July 1973Michael AnsellBlank paper and a typewriterKnitting needles and woolmore
21 July 1973Andrew Lloyd WebberOxford Rhyming DictionaryWinemore
28 July 1973Ruskin SpearEnds and Means by Aldous HuxleyRadio receivermore
4 August 1973Colin WellandOxford English DictionaryBedmore
11 August 1973Gervase de PeyerPenguin Book of QuotationsGrapevinesmore
18 August 1973June WhitfieldDo it yourself manualTape recordermore
25 August 1973Bert FoordShort Stories by P. G. WodehouseGolf clubs and ballsmore
1 September 1973Earl WildTranscript of the Watergate hearingsBernini columns from The Vaticanmore
8 September 1973Joyce CareyOxford Book of English VerseBox of oddments from her dressing tablemore
15 September 1973Bill SowerbuttsEnglish DictionaryTobacco seeds and a brewing vatmore
22 September 1973Leontyne PriceHow to be Your Own Best Friend by Mildred NewmanSoapmore
29 September 1973Ian HendryTimetable of passing SteamersBrandymore
6 October 1973Mary PetersThe Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent PealeComb and manicure setmore
13 October 1973Edward RobeyGrove's Dictionary of Music and MusiciansGerman white winemore
20 October 1973Peter RogersBound volume of Punch from the 1960sElégie by Jules Massenetmore
27 October 1973Alister HardyThe Prelude by William WordsworthWriting materialsmore
3 November 1973Arnold RidleyBradshaw's railway timetableWinemaking kitmore
10 November 1973Trevor PhilpottAnthology of World Poetry by Mark Van DorenOxford World Atlas and an Ordnance Survey map of the British Islesmore
17 November 1973Vic FeatherAnthology of PoetryMadonna and Child by Jacob Epsteinmore
24 November 1973Barry HumphriesCollected works of Max BeerbohmPainting materialsmore
1 December 1973Marghanita LaskiOxford English DictionaryGold bracelet called The Lion of Judahmore
8 December 1973Gareth EdwardsCollected works of Dylan ThomasCornetmore
15 December 1973Alexander YoungGrove's Dictionary of Music and MusiciansRadio-controlled aircraftmore
22 December 1973John MillsBook on zoologyPianomore
29 December 1973Marion SteinGoethe's FaustScore of Mozart's The Magic Flutemore


5 January 1974Jacob BronowskiVolume on chess championship playAntique chess setmore
12 January 1974Terence RattiganThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonDom Pérignon Champagnemore
19 January 1974Bernard HaitinkPoetry by Roland HolstDutch Winter Landscape by Bruegelmore
26 January 1974John Brooke-LittleBurke's Landed GentryBedmore
2 February 1974Fay ComptonCollected works of Charles DickensElectric blanketmore
9 February 1974Brian InglisThe Crock of Gold by James StephensTypewriter and papermore
16 February 1974Roy FoxVolume of crossword puzzlesRadio receivermore
23 February 1974Eddie WaringBradshaw's railway timetableCouchmore
2 March 1974Maureen O'SullivanVolume on Animal CommunicationTranquillizersmore
9 March 1974Eileen FowlerThe Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor HeyerdahlWriting materialsmore
16 March 1974Brian JohnstonFunny way to be a Hero by John FisherBowling machine and cricket ballsmore
23 March 1974Edward WoodwardThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeBedmore
30 March 1974Philip Hope-WallaceGoethe's FaustIvory chess setmore
6 April 1974John and Roy BoultingWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollPiano and winemore
13 April 1974Thor HeyerdahlBlank bookWood-carving kitmore
20 April 1974Patricia RoutledgeAnthology of poetryVarieties of tea and a tea-making outfitmore
27 April 1974David DimblebyOxford English DictionaryHavana cigarsmore
4 May 1974Arthur MarshallNovels by P. G. WodehouseNougatmore
11 May 1974Antoinette SibleySnoopy Dog by Charles M. SchulzBedmore
18 May 1974T. C. FairbairnComplete works by John MiltonTape recordermore
25 May 1974James StewartMusical arrangements by Dave BrubeckPianomore
1 June 1974Leslie MitchellBiography of Leonardo da VinciSilver singing bird box containing a miniature singing birdmore
8 June 1974Susan HillThe Pursuit of Love by Nancy MitfordTriple-folding screen and personal photographsmore
15 June 1974Mark LubbockThe House by the Churchyard by Sheridan Le FanuGinmore
22 June 1974Max WallCollected works by Charles DickensGuitarmore
29 June 1974Osian EllisCollection of Welsh PoetryElectronic pipe organmore
6 July 1974Richard WalkerPuck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard KiplingCellini Salt Cellarmore
13 July 1974Sheridan MorleyShort stories by W. Somerset MaughamRadio receivermore
20 July 1974Keith FalknerNovels by Anthony TrollopeColin Cowdrey's bowling machinemore
27 July 1974Valerie SingletonThe Outline of History by H. G. WellsSmall photographic darkroommore
3 August 1974Roland CulverOxford Book of English VersePainting materialsmore
10 August 1974Michael LeveyThe Adventures of God in His Search of the Black Girl by Brigid BrophyKaleidoscopemore
17 August 1974Dodie SmithIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustSketching materialsmore
24 August 1974Dandy NicholsPlays and Prefaces by George Bernard ShawCardsmore
31 August 1974Phyllis Barclay-SmithThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensBinocularsmore
7 September 1974Graham HillFamily photograph albumDavid Wynne's The Dancersmore
14 September 1974Denholm ElliottSurvival manualStillmore
21 September 1974Frank Arthur SwinnertonThe Diary of a Country Parson 1758-1802 by James WoodfordeGin and vermouthmore
28 September 1974David MunrowMen and Animals in ItalianPianomore
5 October 1974Cyril RayMr Sponge's Sporting Tour by Robert Smith SurteesAirmail edition of The Timesmore
12 October 1974William HardcastleNovels by P. G. WodehouseTobacco plantmore
19 October 1974Polly JamesVictoria R.I. by Elizabeth LongfordGroup photograph of friendsmore
26 October 1974Magnus PykeOxford Book of English VerseWriting materialsmore
2 November 1974Alan AyckbournAct One by Moss HartMellotronmore
9 November 1974Elisabeth FrinkCollected stories by Albert CamusDrawing and writing materialsmore
16 November 1974Robin RayMa Cuisine by Auguste EscoffierPianomore
23 November 1974Bruce TullohPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenHarmonicamore
30 November 1974Oliver ReedWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. MilneInflatable womanmore
7 December 1974P. J. KavanaghCollected poems by Edward ThomasPair of shoesmore
14 December 1974Betty KenwardDebrett'sRadio receivermore
21 December 1974Angela BaddeleyAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollPortrait of her husbandmore
28 December 1974Percy PressThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeBinocularsmore


4 January 1975Alan CivilScore of Gruppen by Karlheinz StockhausenSomething to improve the taste of coconut milkmore
11 January 1975James PriorA History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston ChurchillRadio receivermore
18 January 1975Charles MackerrasBible in GermanWinemore
25 January 1975Bernard HailstoneIn Search of the Miraculous by P. D. OuspenskyRadio receivermore
1 February 1975Celia JohnsonNovels by Anthony TrollopeRolls-Roycemore
8 February 1975Lord LongfordThe Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisGolf clubs and ballsmore
15 February 1975Emlyn WilliamsDictionaryTypewriter, pen and papermore
22 February 1975Valerie MastersonSurvival manualBeauty productsmore
1 March 1975John ContehWork on botanyElectric guitarmore
8 March 1975Jilly CooperA Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony PowellNotebooks and pensmore
15 March 1975Duncan GrantCollected works by Jane AustenArtists' materialsmore
22 March 1975Eric ThompsonPogo comic strips by Walt KellyDrum setmore
29 March 1975Stanley DangerfieldThe Story of San Michele by Axel MuntheThe Little Mermaid statuemore
5 April 1975Lionel BlairCrossword bookOyster knifemore
12 April 1975Sir John BetjemanPalgrave's Golden TreasuryChampagnemore
19 April 1975Patricia HayesKristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid UndsetFour-poster bedmore
26 April 1975John HillabyHis book Journey Through BritainHis book Journey Through Europemore
3 May 1975Matt Monro--more
10 May 1975Ben TraversCollected works by Robert BrowningPipes and tobaccomore
17 May 1975John ArlottTristram Shandy by Laurence SterneChampagnemore
24 May 1975Gordon JacksonThe English Flower Garden by William RobinsonDummy piano keyboardmore
31 May 1975Tom HustlerBlank bookMouth organmore
7 June 1975Norman St John-StevasCollected Sermons by John Henry NewmanEmeraldmore
14 June 1975Sammy CahnRhyming DictionaryTypewritermore
21 June 1975Sir Maurice YongeThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonMicroscopemore
28 June 1975David HemmingsThe Seeing Eye and The Nature of Nature by Paul KleeArchitectural pens and papermore
5 July 1975Helen BradleyGreat tome on the lawSoap that kills mosquitoesmore
12 July 1975Dave AllenThe Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar WildePainting by Van Hookmore
19 July 1975James HerriotMost recent publication of veterinary medicineViolinmore
26 July 1975Anthony DowellThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameRadio receivermore
2 August 1975C. P. SnowRussian grammarWriting materialsmore
9 August 1975Jean SimmonsEnid Bagnold's AutobiographyTeamore
16 August 1975Robert RobinsonThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensWhite Burgundy winemore
23 August 1975Alexander ThynnBook of Secrets by Bhagwan Shree RajneeshWhiskymore
30 August 1975Jimmy JewelBeyond the Black Stump by Nevil ShuteRolls-Roycemore
6 September 1975Alec WaughPalgrave's Golden TreasuryWinemore
13 September 1975Esther RantzenEmma by Jane AustenBath saltsmore
20 September 1975Bevis HillierStreet Map of LondonBonsai treemore
27 September 1975Lord CarringtonAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollArmchairmore
4 October 1975Paul JenningsOntological argument from St Anselm to Contemporary PhilosophersSteam locomotive and railwaymore
11 October 1975Doris HareDictionary of QuotationsPianomore
18 October 1975John Julius NorwichThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonWriting materialsmore
25 October 1975Stanley HollowayBook on the musical plays of the last centuryManicure and pedicure setmore
1 November 1975William FrankelWisden Cricketers' AlmanackCarpentry setmore
8 November 1975Rumer GoddenAnother World Than This by Vita Sackville-WestFour-poster bedmore
15 November 1975Vince HillDo it yourself manualSeascape by J. M. W. Turnermore
22 November 1975Graham Stuart ThomasCollected works by Hilaire BellocPapers, pencils, paintsmore
29 November 1975Ron MoodyA History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellOil paintingmore
6 December 1975Frederick ForsythLes Fleurs du mal by Charles BaudelaireBow and arrowsmore
13 December 1975Margaret PricePacific Cookbook by Victor SperandeoPerfumemore
27 December 1975Bing CrosbyRoget's ThesaurusGuitarmore


3 January 1976Julia FosterDictionary of QuotationsTapestry-making kitmore
10 January 1976Sherrill Milnes25 years of The New Yorker CartoonsHerrings in sour creammore
17 January 1976Noel StreatfeildThe Forsyte Saga by John GalsworthyGardening kitmore
24 January 1976Gavin LyallFrom Here to Eternity by James JonesCardsmore
31 January 1976Ronnie ScottThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameSaxophonemore
7 February 1976Lynn SeymourCivilisation by Kenneth ClarkChampagne and dressmore
14 February 1976Luciano PavarottiDivine Comedy by Dante AlighieriBicyclemore
21 February 1976Tim RiceComplete works by Lewis CarrollCricket bagmore
28 February 1976Sir Robert MarkComplete works by Lewis CarrollSleeping bag and television that doesn't workmore
6 March 1976Vincent BromeA History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellInflatable womanmore
13 March 1976Noel BarberDictionary of QuotationsPianomore
20 March 1976Rosina HarrisonOliver Twist by Charles DickensSummer Arangments by Nikolskymore
27 March 1976Paul TherouxAnthology of English Poetry from 1400Champagnemore
3 April 1976Charlotte RamplingDune by Frank HerbertBallet picture by Edgar Degasmore
10 April 1976John PardoeA History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellPianomore
17 April 1976Dr Christiaan BarnardBest of Hermann BessmannMichelangelo's Davidmore
24 April 1976Glynis JohnsI ChingMichelangelo's Davidmore
1 May 1976Sir William GladstoneThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonChinese temple at Virginia Watermore
8 May 1976John NapierThe Riddle of the Sands by Robert Erskine ChildersCharles I silver tankardmore
15 May 1976John LaurieDictionaryReading glass with lightmore
22 May 1976Tony GreigWisden Cricketers' AlmanackBedmore
29 May 1976Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeWriting materialsmore
5 June 1976Eric SimmsThe Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert WhiteTape recordermore
12 June 1976Malcolm WilliamsonLyrical Dramas of August StrindbergPuppet theatremore
19 June 1976Len DeightonThe Art of Modern French CookingDarkroommore
26 June 1976Philip JonesGrove's Dictionary of Music and MusiciansChampagnemore
3 July 1976Most Rev Rt Hon Stuart BlanchDiary of an Old Soul by George MacDonaldFlutemore
10 July 1976Alan PascoeGardeners' YearbookDiary and pencilmore
17 July 1976Philip LarkinCollected works by George Bernard ShawTypewriter and papermore
24 July 1976Mel TorméFilm directoryAir conditionermore
31 July 1976George GuestComplete works by Saunders LewisClavichordmore
7 August 1976Melvyn BraggAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyChampagnemore
14 August 1976James GalwayPoetry from around the worldGolden flutemore
21 August 1976Penelope KeithIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustLapsang souchong teamore
28 August 1976Tolchard EvansCandide by VoltaireManuscript paper and pensmore
4 September 1976George ColeForm bookHavana cigarsmore
11 September 1976Michael BondPhotograph albumGrapevinesmore
18 September 1976David WilkieEnglish-Spanish DictionaryPainting materialsmore
25 September 1976Peter QuennellMémoires d'Outre-Tombe by François-René de ChateaubriandChampagnemore
2 October 1976Frank MuirThe Harpole Report by J. L. CarrNavel brushmore
9 October 1976Alan BatesAnthology of PoetryFlutemore
16 October 1976Anthony PowellA Hero of Our Time by Mikhail LermontovWinemore
23 October 1976Norman BaileyBahá'í Revelation by Bahá'u'lláhCalculatormore
30 October 1976John Blashford-SnellComplete works by Rudyard KiplingMalt whiskymore
6 November 1976Anthony QuayleComplete works by Edward LearMagnifying glassmore
13 November 1976Christopher Robin MilneBevis: The Story of a Boy by Richard JefferiesWriting materialsmore
20 November 1976Anna MoffoDivine Comedy by Dante AlighieriPianomore
27 November 1976Eric IdleCompendium of world philosophyGuitarmore
4 December 1976Igor KipnisUnder Milk Wood by Dylan ThomasClavichordmore
11 December 1976Gemma JonesOxford Book of English VerseArmchairmore
18 December 1976Denys LasdunBook about the night skyTelescopemore
25 December 1976Charlie CairoliSurvival manualChampagnemore


1 January 1977Kenneth McKellarComplete book of world cookeryBicyclemore
8 January 1977Robert DougallVolume on tropical flora and faunaBinocularsmore
15 January 1977James BladesGrove's Dictionary of Music and MusiciansTelescopemore
22 January 1977Michael HolroydThe High Hill of the Muses by Hugh KingsmillWaterbedmore
29 January 1977Roy DotriceThe Compleat Angler by Izaak WaltonEvening dress suitmore
5 February 1977Barry TuckwellGulliver's Travels by Jonathan SwiftFamily photo albummore
12 February 1977John CurryTranscript of the Erhard Seminar Training Course by Werner ErhardPencils and papermore
19 February 1977Egon RonayWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyChampagnemore
26 February 1977Merle ParkA Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson FowlerPianomore
5 March 1977Oliver FordVolume on tropical flora and faunaOrchid collectionmore
12 March 1977James BolamThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienSelected cases of French winemore
19 March 1977Jacqueline du PréRoget's ThesaurusPencils and papermore
26 March 1977Mary MartinAround The Year With Emmet Fox by Emmet FoxScissors, needles and threadmore
2 April 1977Brigadier Peter YoungLarge blank book with pencilsTon of treasure dated about 1642more
9 April 1977Rod HullBoys' Own Annual of 1926Pianola and a supply of piano rollsmore
16 April 1977Yehudi MenuhinCollected works by John DonneAlbum of photographs of his wifemore
23 April 1977Magnus MagnussonThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahamePipemore
30 April 1977David NivenBritish Army survival manualBedmore
7 May 1977Lord Home of The HirselComprehensive book on birdsBinocularsmore
14 May 1977Peggy LeeLetters of the Scattered Brotherhood by Mary StrongPicture of all her loved onesmore
21 May 1977P. L. TraversThick blank book and penLittle marble Buddhamore
28 May 1977Marisa RoblesNow We Are Six and When We Were Very Young by A. A. MilneOils and a combmore
4 June 1977Sir Oliver MillarEmma by Jane AustenSketchbook, pencil, pen and inkmore
11 June 1977Mirella FreniGone With The Wind (in Italian) by Margaret MitchellPainting materialsmore
18 June 1977Derek RandallGuinness World RecordsBath with warm watermore
25 June 1977Jack ParnellStories by W. W. JacobsArmchairmore
2 July 1977Miss ReadThe Diary of a Country Parson by James WoodfordeExercise books and ballpoint pensmore
9 July 1977Clare FrancisVolume on physicsFresh-water showermore
16 July 1977Shirley ConranLight on Yoga by B. K. S. IyengarOil painting equipmentmore
23 July 1977Arthur C. ClarkePalgrave's Golden TreasurySolar-powered transistor radiomore
30 July 1977Billy ConnollyCatch-22 by Joseph HellerElectrical device to heat shaving foammore
6 August 1977Jessica MitfordOrphan Island by Rose MacaulaySupply of Gentleman's Relishmore
13 August 1977A. L. RowseIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustGeorges Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jattemore
20 August 1977Deborah KerrOxford English DictionaryWool and a crochet hookmore
27 August 1977Dannie AbseCollected poetry by W. H. AudenBedmore
3 September 1977Dame Daphne du MaurierCollected works by Jane AustenWhisky and ginger alemore
10 September 1977Robin RichmondGiles Cartoons by Carl GilesRoyal Albert Hall Organmore
17 September 1977Michael CroftCollected poetry by Rudyard KiplingWhisky stillmore
24 September 1977Mike BrearleyAnthology of English VerseGolf clubs and ballsmore
1 October 1977Louis FrémauxThe Songs of Bilitis by Pierre LouÿsManuscript paper and pensmore
8 October 1977Molly WeirThe Four Winds of Love by Compton MackenzieTypewriter, spare ribbons and papermore
15 October 1977Barry SheeneStudy book of six languagesEffigy of Denis Healey and a supply of pinsmore
22 October 1977Claire RaynerGuide to boat buildingBath with hot water, soap and towelsmore
29 October 1977Wayne SleepAtlas of the starsPoppy seedsmore
5 November 1977Richard AdamsIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustAnnunciation by Leonardo da Vincimore
12 November 1977Professor Alan GemmellBook on elementary calculusPaper and pencilsmore
19 November 1977Peter UstinovBlank paper and pencilsBath with solar-heated watermore
26 November 1977Winston GrahamBook of Quotations by William Gurney BenhamExercise books and ballpoint pensmore
3 December 1977Grace BumbryLetters of Giuseppe VerdiPerfumemore
10 December 1977Phil DrabbleShorthand instruction book with paper and pensSet of bird ringing tools, including ringsmore
17 December 1977Dennis PotterCollected essays by William HazlittEdward Hopper's painting, Gasmore
24 December 1977Alec GuinnessOxford Book of English VerseLeather wallet containing photos of family and dogmore
31 December 1977Dorothy EdwardsOxford Book of English VerseTypewriter and papermore


7 January 1978Franco ZeffirelliWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyPerfumemore
14 January 1978Omar SharifThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupérySeveral card decksmore
21 January 1978Alan CorenOxford English DictionaryTypewriter and papermore
28 January 1978Raymond Mander and Joe MitchensonWho's Who in the Theatre and Photo albumsCouch and coconut oil and an ultra-sensitive receiver to hear voices from the pastmore
4 February 1978Spike MilliganFuture Shock by Alvin TofflerBarclaycardmore
11 February 1978Amadeus QuartetIn Search of Lost Time, Divine Comedy, War and Peace and an instrument-making bookProjector, viola, radio, paper and pencilsmore
18 February 1978Margaret ThatcherThe Survival HandbookPhoto album of her childrenmore
25 February 1978John H. PlumbCorrespondence of VoltaireDozen cases of Château Latour 1961more
4 March 1978Paco PeñaCollected poetry by Federico García LorcaPainting of his family by Aureliomore
11 March 1978Gerald EllisonMusic Criticisms 1888-89 by George Bernard ShawTrombonemore
18 March 1978George MacDonald FraserOxford English DictionaryTypewriter, spare ribbons and papermore
25 March 1978David WallBook on Claude MonetCarbonated-drink maker and supply of flavouringsmore
1 April 1978Felicity KendalPlays and Prefaces by George Bernard ShawPerfumemore
8 April 1978Les DawsonTrustee from the Toolroom by Nevil ShutePiece of Georgian furnituremore
15 April 1978John Bagot GlubbOther Men's Flowers by Archibald WavellPaper and ballpoint pensmore
22 April 1978Robert HardyFrench dictionaryGreek sculpture of a female headmore
29 April 1978Itzhak PerlmanThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyViolin, strings and casemore
6 May 1978Charles AznavourFrench dictionaryTape recordermore
13 May 1978Lennox BerkeleyNew Oxford Book of English Verse 1250–1950Painting of a restaurant on the banks of the Marnemore
20 May 1978Manny ShinwellThe Oxford Dictionary of QuotationsWhiskymore
27 May 1978Anna RaeburnDaughter of Earth by Agnes SmedleyIndian teamore
3 June 1978Victoria de los ÁngelesPoetry by Rainer Maria RilkeWinged Victory of Samothracemore
10 June 1978Derek JacobiComplete works of Lord ByronWaterbedmore
17 June 1978Clifford CurzonMiddlemarch by George EliotPill to put him to sleep forevermore
24 June 1978Catherine GavinLetters by Queen VictoriaOn the Banks of the Marne by Camille Pissarromore
1 July 1978Mel BrooksThe Charterhouse of Parma by StendhalCases of Château Lafite Rothschildmore
8 July 1978Jane GrigsonNotes from an Odd Country by Geoffrey GrigsonTypewriter and papermore
15 July 1978Rita StreichThe Nonsense of Dying by MalfordPainting materialsmore
22 July 1978Patricia Batty ShawCivilisation by Kenneth ClarkSelection of herbsmore
29 July 1978Barbara PymThe Golden Bowl by Henry JamesGerman white winemore
5 August 1978Simon RattleI ChingGerman white winemore
12 August 1978Janet SuzmanMink-lined hammockmore
19 August 1978Fred TruemanHarold Macmillan's memoirsBinocularsmore
26 August 1978Denis HealeyPoetry by W. B. YeatsOil painting equipmentmore
2 September 1978Gian Carlo MenottiPhilosophy book by Immanuel KantTarot cardsmore
9 September 1978Tennessee WilliamsPoetry by Hart CraneTypewriter and papermore
16 September 1978Cathy BerberianSurvival manualBox of spicesmore
23 September 1978Alan Jay LernerHuckleberry Finn by Mark TwainPiano with wife's picturemore
30 September 1978Alec Clifton-TaylorShell County GuidesBedmore
7 October 1978Christopher FryThe Oxford Dictionary of QuotationsRocking chairmore
14 October 1978Noel EdmondsRoget's ThesaurusMotorway service stationmore
21 October 1978Colin WilsonTravels in Arabia Deserta by Charles Montagu DoughtyBeaujolais winemore
28 October 1978Jule StyneBlack Beauty by Anna SewellPicture of familymore
4 November 1978John WainLife of Samuel Johnson by James BoswellCanoemore
11 November 1978Michael CrawfordSelf Sufficiency by John SeymourInflatable womanmore
18 November 1978David BellamyThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienLinen sheetsmore
25 November 1978Joan FontaineEncyclopaediaTaj Mahalmore
2 December 1978Vladimir AshkenazyBlank book and pensWell-programmed robotmore
9 December 1978Barry JohnComplete Penguin Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan DoyleBallsmore
16 December 1978Dinsdale LandenGreat Expectations by Charles DickensChampagnemore
23 December 1978Robert HelpmannBoat building for beginnersToothbrush and toothpastemore
30 December 1978Norman ParkinsonThe Unquiet Grave by Cyril ConnollyLife-size bronze statue of an Ama-Indian womanmore


6 January 1979Robert PowellA Dictionary of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson FowlerTypewritermore
13 January 1979Allan PriorTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonLooking glassmore
20 January 1979Elia KazanIliad by Homer20 tons of pine needlesmore
27 January 1979Benjamin LuxonCollected stories by Idries ShahPiano and musicmore
3 February 1979Robert StephensCollected works by Raymond ChandlerTobacco plantmore
10 February 1979Norris McWhirterDictionary of National BiographyRoll of clothmore
17 February 1979Arthur BryantLife of Samuel Johnson by James BoswellPainting of a little princess, by Diego Velázquezmore
24 February 1979Nana MouskouriThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryTelephonemore
3 March 1979Lauren BacallCollected Short Stories by John CheeverSun tan lotionmore
10 March 1979David AttenboroughShifts and Expedients of Camp Life by William Barry LordBinocularsmore
17 March 1979Ileana CotrubaşHistory of the whole worldSistine Chapelmore
24 March 1979Ray ReardonWhere Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLeanGolf clubs and ballsmore
31 March 1979Burl IvesI ChingTobermory whiskymore
7 April 1979Adrian BoultThe Pilgrim's Progress by John BunyanPanama hats stuffed with barley sugarmore
14 April 1979Sir Edmund HillaryThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienKathmandu valley paintingmore
21 April 1979Patricia HighsmithMoby-Dick by Herman MelvilleWriting materialsmore
28 April 1979Edward FoxSelection of novels by Evelyn WaughLimes eau de toilette by Floris of Londonmore
5 May 1979James CameronTristram Shandy by Laurence SterneMalt whiskymore
12 May 1979Peter BlakeUlysses by James JoyceCement and tools to build a follymore
19 May 1979Alec McCowenThe Egoist by George MeredithPainting materialsmore
26 May 1979Jack BrymerCollected works by Charles DickensPianomore
2 June 1979Sir Robert MayerHis visitors' bookSeedless grapesmore
9 June 1979Ian CarmichaelWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyPaper and pencilsmore
16 June 1979Irene ThomasScore of the opera Fidelio by Ludwig van BeethovenTeddy bear stuffed with tea bagsmore
23 June 1979Ed McBainStreets of Gold by Ed McBainWhiskymore
30 June 1979Tito GobbiFlowers of the World by Leslie GreenwoodGold barmore
7 July 1979Glen TetleyEarthly Paradise by ColetteSouth American hammockmore
14 July 1979C. Northcote ParkinsonThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonRadio receivermore
21 July 1979Dick Clement & Ian La FrenaisWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne and Teach yourself the guitarCards and guitarmore
28 July 1979Moura LympanyBook about growing flowers and vegetables on a desert islandWine from own vineyardmore
4 August 1979Sir Ralph RichardsonNovels by Henry JamesPipes and tobaccomore
11 August 1979Elizabeth LongfordUtopia by Thomas MoreTapestry making kitmore
18 August 1979Boris ChristoffPoetry of Yuarrorosmore
25 August 1979Barry NormanThe World of Jeeves by P. G. WodehouseTypewriter, paper and a desk with cricket balls in the drawersmore
1 September 1979Peter BarkworthHis diaries to dateBeautifully bound blank book and ballpoint pensmore
8 September 1979June MendozaChronology of the Modern World by Neville WilliamsCanvases, brushes and paintmore
15 September 1979Richard BuckleTess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas HardyPaper and pencilsmore
22 September 1979Ted AllbeuryThe Unquiet Grave by Cyril ConnollyWriting paper and pencilsmore
29 September 1979Pam AyresThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythLarge basket of sugared almondsmore
6 October 1979Wilfred ThesigerThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonAcid dropsmore
13 October 1979Josephine BarstowTess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Woodlanders by Thomas HardyMichelangelo's Davidmore
20 October 1979Rex HarrisonA History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellPainting equipment for oils and watercoloursmore
27 October 1979Roald DahlThe New Oxford Book of English Verse by Helen GardnerStill, grapevine cuttings and tobacco seedsmore
3 November 1979Siân PhillipsScouting for Boys by Robert Baden-PowellSolar-powered refrigerator full of champagnemore
10 November 1979Marti CaineGlory Road by Robert A. HeinleinBath with solar-heated water and bubble bathmore
17 November 1979Michael PalinVanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayBedmore
24 November 1979Peter ShafferThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonDawn on the Seine by Claude Monetmore
1 December 1979Charles CausleyLife of Samuel Johnson by James BoswellPianomore
8 December 1979Elisabeth SöderströmThe Second Sex by Simone de BeauvoirBedmore
15 December 1979Norman MailerLabyrinths by Jorge Luis BorgesStick of the best marijuanamore
22 December 1979Sir Osbert LancasterThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonLive sturgeonmore
29 December 1979Kyung-wha ChungSiddhartha by Hermann HesseMixed flower seedsmore


5 January 1980Reginald GoodallParadise Lost by John MiltonAn English gardenmore
12 January 1980Sir Peter ParkerCollected works of William BlakeGold rail passmore
19 January 1980Dizzy GillespieBaha'i prayer BookTrumpetmore
26 January 1980Sir Cecil BeatonScrapbookCashmere shawlmore
2 February 1980Otto PremingerAutobiography of Otto PremingerA beautiful watchmore
9 February 1980Claudio AbbadoDivine Comedy by Dante AlighieriWriting materialsmore
16 February 1980Timothy WestLe Morte d'Arthur by Thomas MaloryTypewritermore
23 February 1980Fay WeldonKennedy's Latin primerShiny white paper and felt pensmore
1 March 1980Susannah YorkItalian Touring Atlas of the WorldPencils and papermore
8 March 1980Kiri Te KanawaWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyCooking knivesmore
15 March 1980Geoffrey HouseholdElizabethan lyrics from songbooks and dramatistsClaretmore
22 March 1980Frances PerrySurvival manualLamp with solar batteriesmore
29 March 1980Donald PleasenceThe Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyWriting materialsmore
5 April 1980Commissioner Catherine Bramwell-BoothThe Salvation Army songbookStrong wooden armchairmore
12 April 1980Leonard RossiterThree early books of P. G. WodehouseMoselle winemore
19 April 1980Erich SegalOdyssey by HomerStopwatchmore
26 April 1980Salvatore AccardoOdyssey by HomerViolin and stringsmore
3 May 1980Lindsay AndersonLes Thibault by Roger Martin du GardMixed flower seeds and watering canmore
10 May 1980Natalie WoodPoetry by E. E. CummingsPianomore
17 May 1980Lord DenningPalgrave's Golden TreasuryIndian teamore
24 May 1980Earl HinesThe World of Duke Ellington by Stanley DancePhysical culture equipmentmore
31 May 1980Robert TearThe Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan WattsPostcards of paintings with poems on the backmore
7 June 1980Freddie JonesThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameLeibig condenser for distilling ginmore
14 June 1980Clive JamesMy Method of Singing by Enrico CarusoKaraoke pianomore
21 June 1980General Sir John Hackett1001 Gems of English PoetrySix dozen bottles of Château Latour 1962more
28 June 1980Barbara WoodhouseHer autobiography Talking to AnimalsOrmolu clockmore
5 July 1980V. S. NaipaulTeach yourself mathematicsEnlightened Buddhamore
12 July 1980Tom LehrerOxford English DictionaryPianomore
19 July 1980Daley ThompsonNovels by John WyndhamGuitar and instruction bookmore
26 July 1980David Scott BlackhallOxford Book of English VersePerkins Brailler and papermore
2 August 1980Gregory PeckAbraham Lincoln by Carl SandburgCases of Château Lafite Rothschildmore
9 August 1980William TrevorLives of the Saints by Alban ButlerGrapevinesmore
16 August 1980Stephen SondheimCollected works by E. B. WhitePianomore
23 August 1980Tristan JonesModern wooden yacht construction12 foot by 8 foot Union Jackmore
30 August 1980Renata ScottoDivine Comedy by Dante AlighieriRolls-Royce Silver Shadowmore
6 September 1980Earl of SnowdonA History of Architecture on the Comparative Method by Sir Banister FletcherPainting materialsmore
13 September 1980Antal DorátiThe Golden Man by YokoiItalian landscape drawing from his own collectionmore
20 September 1980Michael Powell & Emeric PressburgerEssays by Michel de Montaigne and Herzog by Saul BellowBrandy and a blank log bookmore
27 September 1980Andrea NewmanThe Weather in the Streets by Rosamond LehmannChampagnemore
4 October 1980Ronald LockleyThe Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert WhiteTelescopemore
11 October 1980Sir John TooleyOxford Book of English VerseSugared apricotsmore
18 October 1980Brian GloverCard Games by John ScarneMG TDmore
25 October 1980Catherine GaskinThe Story of Civilization by Will DurantPianomore
1 November 1980Derek TangyeIn Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustTelescopemore
8 November 1980Mark ElderWar and Peace by Leo TolstoySherrymore
15 November 1980Jacquetta HawkesCollected works by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheWinemore
22 November 1980Tom ContiSummerhill by A. S. NeillPianomore
29 November 1980Alan MinterSurvival manualSolar-powered radiomore
6 December 1980José CarrerasPoems by Rabindranath TagoreLas Hilanderas paintingmore
13 December 1980Neville MarrinerLife on Earth by David AttenboroughViolinmore
20 December 1980Arthur AskeyGuinness World RecordsPianomore
27 December 1980Plácido DomingoDon Quixote by Miguel de CervantesVideo and cassettes of his own performancesmore


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