List of Desert Island Discs episodes (1991–2000)

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 1991 and 2000 are listed here.


6 January 1991Lord GoodmanWho's WhoAn enormous box of chocolate gingersmore
13 January 1991Adelaide HallA book about American historyBox of seedsmore
20 January 1991Fred ZinnemannWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyVery large self-renewing bottle of scotchmore
27 January 1991Brian EnoContingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard RortyRadio telescopemore
3 February 1991Professor Ralf DahrendorfA book of Greek poetryDice to test the luck of a ship rescuing himmore
10 February 1991Paddy Ashdown MPThe collected works of John DonneLaptop computermore
17 February 1991Dame Ninette de ValoisA collection of poemsAn everlasting bottle of sleeping pillsmore
24 February 1991Ronald EyreA talking book by Judi DenchSupply of flower bulbsmore
3 March 1991Sir Denis FormanRaj Quartet by Paul ScottSatellite dish and TVmore
10 March 1991Jeffrey BernardThe Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleHigh powered hunting rifle and ammunitionmore
17 March 1991Sir Trevor HoldsworthCollected Plays of J. B. PriestleyUpright pianomore
24 March 1991Marti CaineDo-it-yourself manualDo-it-yourself kitmore
7 April 1991Naomi MitchisonBook of modern poetryEndless supply of writing materialsmore
14 April 1991Lord KingBrewer's Dictionary of Phrase and FableSupply of cigars and matchesmore
21 April 1991Dr Jonathan SacksThe TalmudLarge supply of pencilsmore
28 April 1991Dame Shirley PorterSAS Survival ManualLarge Swiss Army Knifemore
12 May 1991Cecil LewisSagittarius Surviving by C. S. LewisFax machinemore
19 May 1991John SimpsonAnything in French by Marcel ProustFlutemore
26 May 1991Rt. Hon. John SmithAnthology of poemsCase of champagnemore
2 June 1991Marco Pierre WhiteMa Gastronomie by Fernand PointPicture of his daughtermore
9 June 1991Derek WalcottUlysses by James JoyceCarton of cigarettesmore
16 June 1991A. S. ByattA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustLarge filing cabinet full of A4 paper and pensmore
23 June 1991John HegartyThe Crock of Gold by James StephensClarinetmore
30 June 1991Ron ToddThe collected works of Robert BurnsPianomore
7 July 1991Lord ShawcrossThe Way We Live Now by Anthony TrollopeCD player/solar-powered radiomore
25 August 1991Alan BleasdaleCatch-22 by Joseph HellerNail clippersmore
1 September 1991Maxwell HutchinsonFour Quartets by T. S. EliotGuitarmore
8 September 1991Bernice RubensPoems For Joy and Sermons For Solace by John DonneA painting by her daughtermore
15 September 1991John BanhamThe collected works of A. E. HousmanCigars and matchesmore
22 September 1991Klaus TennstedtDr Faustus by Thomas MannMountain bikemore
29 September 1991David BaileyVoices of Silence by MalrauxNelson's Columnmore
6 October 1991Imran KhanBang-E-Dara by IqbalShotgun and clay pigeon trapmore
13 October 1991John SchlesingerDictionary of QuotationsMagimix (battery powered)more
20 October 1991Elizabeth Esteve-CollFour Quartets by T. S. EliotExpensive perfumed hand creammore
27 October 1991Alan AldaRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoeItalian pastamore
3 November 1991E. P. ThompsonSongs of Innocence and Experience by William BlakeTypewriter and papermore
10 November 1991Lord Delfont15151985 British Music Theatre BookCigars and matchesmore
17 November 1991James LovelockThe Golden Treasury by Francis PalgravePen and papermore
24 November 1991Dilys PowellOliver Twist by Charles DickensMouth organ with instructionsmore
1 December 1991Fred DibnahBound volumes of the Engineer magazineSteamrollermore
8 December 1991Sue TownsendLucky Jim by Kingsley AmisSwimming pool of champagnemore
22 December 1991Gorden KayeThis Is Your Life by Gorden KayeA clock given to him for turning on the Oxford lightsmore


12 January 1992Steven BerkoffA gardening bookPianomore
19 January 1992Reverend David JenkinsThe Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleBinocularsmore
26 January 1992John MajorThe Small House at Allington by Anthony TrollopeOval cricket ground replica and bowling machinemore
2 February 1992J. G. BallardMoby Dick by Herman MelvilleUnicyclemore
9 February 1992Robbie ColtraneThe Lady in the Lake by Raymond ChandlerPencils and papermore
16 February 1992Sir Roger BannisterAnthology of Russian, American and English storiesSolar-powered receiver to receive BBC Radio 4more
23 February 1992Elvis CostelloSelected Works of James ThurberUpright pianomore
1 March 1992Dr Steve JonesValley of Bones by Anthony PowellStuffed body of the Minister of Educationmore
8 March 1992Jocelyn StevensOther Men's Flowers by Lord WavellOne mile stretch of the River Test in Hampshiremore
15 March 1992Sir Isaiah BerlinWorks, prose and verse by Aleksandr PushkinLarge armchair stacked with cushionsmore
22 March 1992Lady SoamesMemories from Beyond the Grave by ChateaubriandSupply of fine Havana cigarsmore
5 April 1992Sir Ernst GombrichGoethe's Poems by Johann Wolfgang GoetheBathtub with an endless supply of hot watermore
26 April 1992Anthony Rolfe JohnsonWelsh/English DictionaryParquet floor and tap shoesmore
3 May 1992Henrietta, Marchioness of TavistockHistory of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston ChurchillTriangular pillowmore
10 May 1992Will CarlingThe Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienFlotation tankmore
17 May 1992Michael GradeThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameSports resultsmore
24 May 1992Baron Taylor of GosforthWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyPianomore
31 May 1992Prunella ScalesThe Complete Works of Shakespeare in German and the Bible in Russian, and a Russian dictionaryHuge tapestry kitmore
7 June 1992Duncan GoodhewLord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienWigmore
14 June 1992Robert LindsaySons and Lovers by D. H. LawrenceComputer chess setmore
21 June 1992Terry WaiteComplete Cambridge HistoriesChess computermore
28 June 1992Vivienne WestwoodÀ la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustMulti-lingual dictionarymore
5 July 1992Clare Short MPGeometry tutorPianomore
12 July 1992Mohamed AminLife of John F. KennedySatellite dish and television setmore
19 July 1992Sir Peregrine WorsthorneVile Bodies by Evelyn WaughHallucinogenic drugsmore
26 July 1992David MellorThe Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas HardyTelephone (disconnected)more
6 September 1992Bob GeldofThe Diary of Samuel PepysMetropolitan Museum in New Yorkmore
13 September 1992Penelope LeachThe Complete Works of Sigmund FreudCoffeemore
20 September 1992Raymond BlancThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryA good luck stone (from his wife)more
27 September 1992Chad VarahThe New Oxford Book of English VerseOwn bathroom run by solar power with hot and cold water and a video player attachedmore
4 October 1992Juliet StevensonThe Complete Works of W. B. YeatsMasaccio Frescos in the Brancacci Chapelmore
11 October 1992Lord SainsburyThe New Oxford Book of English VerseBedmore
18 October 1992Julie AndrewsThe Once and Future King by T. H. WhitePianomore
25 October 1992Gavin LairdThe Diary of Samuel PepysYear's recording of the Today programmemore
1 November 1992General H Norman SchwarzkopfThe Prophet by Kahlil GibranHis dog, Bearmore
8 November 1992Christabel BielenbergWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyA comfortable chairmore
22 November 1992John Eliot GardinerMemoirs by Hector BerliozSancerremore
29 November 1992Lord TebbitHistory of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston ChurchillDrinking fountain with taps for sancerre and claretmore
6 December 1992Carmen CallilMaurice Guest by Henry Handel RichardsonA film - The Commitmentsmore
13 December 1992Professor Ghillean PranceThe Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert WhiteAccordionmore
20 December 1992Paul SmithThe Beano Annual 1974Notebook and pencilmore
25 December 1992Stephen HawkingMiddlemarch by George EliotCreme bruleemore


3 January 1993Elizabeth JenningsThe New Oxford Book of American VersePad, felt pens and birosmore
10 January 1993Barbara Mills QCHistory of the Crusades by Steven RuncimanTennis court, balls, racket and wallmore
17 January 1993Dervla MurphyThe Diary of Samuel PepysA still to distill berries, etc., into drinkmore
24 January 1993Evelyn GlennieWay of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan MillmanChocolatemore
31 January 1993Anthony StorrA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustPianomore
21 February 1993Sir Robin ButlerRise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul KennedyA bag of golf clubs and ballsmore
28 February 1993Elijah MoshinskyMichael Frayn translation of the Complete Plays of Anton ChekhovA duvetmore
7 March 1993Ken Livingstone MPThe Myths of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe World Servicemore
14 March 1993David CroftCollected Poems of Sir John BetjemanPianomore
4 April 1993Richard GregoryAn astronomy book by Patrick MooreAstronomical telescopemore
11 April 1993Lord OakseyMr Mulliner's Memoirs by P. G. WodehouseCargo of champagnemore
18 April 1993Anton EdelmannTibetan Book of Living and Dying by Rainer Maria RilkeWokmore
25 April 1993Baroness BlackstoneMiddlemarch by George EliotTennis balls and racketmore
2 May 1993John BoormanMemories, Dreams and Reflections by Carl JungTelescopemore
9 May 1993John ColeÀ la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustTypewritermore
16 May 1993Eva BurrowsFaber Book of Religious VerseGame of Scrabble with paper and pencilmore
23 May 1993Lord WeinstockIf This Be A Man by Primo LeviPhotograph album of family, friends and colleaguesmore
30 May 1993Kaye WebbPoetry of Naomi LewisVery big photograph album on a wheeling tablemore
6 June 1993Frank BrunoRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoePicture of his familymore
13 June 1993Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MPA Suitable Boy by Vikram SethMace of the House of Commonsmore
20 June 1993Joan BaezThe Diary of Anne FrankPersonal pouch with a silver lion on itmore
27 June 1993Sir Leon BrittanThe collected works of ChaucerCollection of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of Englandmore
4 July 1993Peter MayleThe Leopard by Giuseppe di LampedusaThe menu from his favourite Parisien restaurantmore
11 July 1993Nicholas HytnerThe collected works of Samuel Taylor ColeridgeLarge supply of total block suncreammore
12 September 1993Isabel AllendeAll correspondence between her and her motherPaper and pencilsmore
19 September 1993Paul MertonBiography of Buster Keaton by Rudi BleshBedmore
26 September 1993Lord PalumboOn the Road by Jack KerouacTelescopemore
3 October 1993Rt Hon Virginia Bottomley MPNorton's Star AtlasBBC Radio 4's Today programmemore
10 October 1993Lesley GarrettPhotograph albumTightropemore
17 October 1993Raymond SeitzOxford Anthology of Modern PoetryBig box full of family albumsmore
24 October 1993Kenny EverettEagle annualBathroom suitemore
31 October 1993Judge Stephen TumimTristram Shandy by Laurence SterneMarbel bust of Laurence Sternemore
7 November 1993Sybil MarshallHuckleberry Finn by Mark TwainInexhaustible supply of Swiss lawn handkerchiefsmore
14 November 1993Shirley Anne FieldReader's DigestLarge Chippendale mirrormore
21 November 1993Doris LessingA Thousand and One NightsMagic carpetmore
28 November 1993TakiEssential Hemingway by Ernest HemingwayBoxing punchbagmore
19 December 1993Phil CollinsPrehsitory of the Far Side by Gary LarsonPianomore
26 December 1993Lord Ashley of StokeA book about warfareSmoked salmon and winemore


2 January 1994Oliver SacksDictionary of Musical Themes Scuba diving kit more
9 January 1994Ian HislopCivilisation by Kenneth ClarkFrostiesmore
16 January 1994Sir Harrison BirtwistleA Latin PrimerChainsawmore
23 January 1994Willy RussellA Latin PrimerEnglish meadow with an oak treemore
30 January 1994Dame Cicely SaundersOxford Dictionary of QuotationsPen and papermore
6 February 1994Douglas AdamsOmnibus of Golfing Stories by P. G. WodehouseMartin D28 left-handed guitarmore
13 February 1994Rosemary VereyA Celebration of Gardens by Sir Roy StrongWaterproof pens, paper and foldersmore
20 February 1994Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MPThe Life of Lord Melbourne by Lord David CecilTenor saxmore
27 February 1994Frances PartridgeMemoirs by Duc de Saint-SimonFlower pressmore
6 March 1994Christina DodwellThe Prophet by Kahlil GibranPen and papermore
27 March 1994Conrad BlackOxford Book of English VerseModel of HMS Hoodmore
3 April 1994Sir Ranulph FiennesGormenghast by Mervyn PeakeAntisan for insect bitesmore
10 April 1994Roger McGoughThe Times atlas of the night skyBlack cabmore
17 April 1994Alan HackerMiddlemarch by George EliotHovercraft wheelchair with cappuccino machinemore
24 April 1994Trevor McDonaldAnthology of poetryBox of paints, brushes and papermore
1 May 1994Garrison KeillorRoget's ThesaurusSet of china (four place settings)more
8 May 1994Sir John WilsonA chess strategy book (in Braille)A sonic probemore
15 May 1994Kate AdieThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerLarge Victorian bath with claw feetmore
22 May 1994Britt EklandRecent editions of magazines, e.g. Vanity Fair, VogueCase of Evian water and champagnemore
29 May 1994Peter ScudamoreBook of verse by Rudyard KiplingSnorkeling equipmentmore
5 June 1994Milton ShulmanThe Cookery Book by Constance SpryTennis racket and ball machinemore
12 June 1994Zoë WanamakerGreek Myths by Robert GravesSamson tobacco and liquorice Rizla papersmore
19 June 1994Brian SewellSongs from the 1880s with piano accompaniment by SchubertSculpture by Michelangelomore
26 June 1994John DrummondEncyclopaedia of the all the well-known operasSmall theatremore
3 July 1994Derek JamesonThe Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckWord processormore
10 July 1994Rabbi Hugo GrynBiography of Churchill by Martin GilbertA parking spacemore
11 September 1994Joanna TrollopeOxford Book of English VerseBed and white Egyptian sheetsmore
18 September 1994John TavenerApophthegmata Patrum (early writing of Egyptian fathers)Upright pianomore
25 September 1994Mary StottThe Act of Creation by Arthur KoestlerWatercolours for paintingmore
2 October 1994Professor James FentonThe Divine Comedy by Dante AlighieriSnorkel, mask and harpoonmore
9 October 1994Jeanette WintersonFour Quartets by T. S. EliotA case of Krug champagnemore
16 October 1994Sir George ChristieOrigin of Species by Charles DarwinBBC Radio 4's The Archers - all the recordings from the beginningmore
23 October 1994Lynda La PlanteFairy Stories by Honoré de BalzacMouth organmore
30 October 1994Kathleen HaleA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustA gilabra (cloak of gold)more
6 November 1994Archbishop Desmond TutuParting the Waters by Taylor BranchIce-cream maker (especially for rum and raisin flavour)more
13 November 1994Berthold GoldschmidtJoseph and His Brothers by Thomas MannVanity case including metal mirror and shaving kitmore
20 November 1994Glenys KinnockAtlas of the Third WorldToilet bag full of skin-barrier creamsmore
27 November 1994Sir Howard HodgkinJournal De Eugène Delacroix by Eugène DelacroixMayonnaise - permanent supplymore
4 December 1994Margaret ForsterA House For Mr Biswas by V. S. NaipaulUnlimited supply of A4 white paper and cartridges for fountain penmore
18 December 1994Penelope HobhouseThe Golden Bowl by Henry JamesLaptop computermore
25 December 1994David Jason OBEThe complete boatbuilder's bookA complete carpenter's toolboxmore


1 January 1995Alan ClarkA History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellPianomore
8 January 1995Patricia HodgeA compendium of the plays of Harold PinterSupply of embroiderymore
15 January 1995Phil RedmondThe collected works of Charles DickensMagnifying glassmore
22 January 1995Dr. Richard DawkinsThe Jeeves Omnibus by P. G. WodehouseComputer (solar-powered)more
29 January 1995Sir Adrian CadburyDr. Johnson's Lexicographic Works by Samuel JohnsonFibreglass sculling boatmore
19 February 1995Jimmy KnappThe Socialist Sixth of the World by Hewlett JohnsonCase of Talisker whiskymore
26 February 1995Christopher LeeThe Sword in the Stone by T. H. WhiteSet of golf clubs


5 March 1995Professor Eric HobsbawmCanto General by Pablo NerudaBinocularsmore
12 March 1995Nigel NicolsonA Guide to the UniverseTelescopemore
19 March 1995Felix AprahamianDu Cote De Chez Swann by Marcel ProustSwiss army knifemore
2 April 1995Nina BawdenThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonPlain paper, plastic folders and ballpoint pensmore
9 April 1995James BowmanRebecca by Daphne Du MaurierFabergé eggmore
16 April 1995Hugh GrantKing Ottokar's Sceptre by HergeSupply of handkerchiefsmore
23 April 1995George LloydPiers Plowman (in Middle English) by William LanglandRomney's portrait of Lady Hamiltonmore
30 April 1995Pete WatermanA history of Great Western Railway enginesHavana cigars and matchesmore
7 May 1995Dr. George CareyFour Quartets by T. S. EliotComputer and an empty bottlemore
14 May 1995Neil SimonHow To SwimLarge harmonicamore
21 May 1995Sir Bernard InghamThe Times Atlas of the WorldColin Cowdrey's bowling machinemore
28 May 1995Marianne FaithfullRobinson Crusoe by Daniel DefoePen from Asprey's with attached magnifying glassmore
4 June 1995Brian BlessedIn Search of the Miraculous by Peter OuspenskyScarf given to him by the Dalai Lamamore
11 June 1995John Lee HookerA book with pictures of pretty womenHis guitarmore
18 June 1995Sir Magdi YacoubPluto's Republic by Sir Peter MedawarHammockmore
25 June 1995Jasper ConranTales by HoffmanVintage Krug champagnemore
2 July 1995Duke of WestminsterThrough Russian Snows by G. A. HentyTelescopemore
9 July 1995Wendy RichardWilt by Tom SharpeTapestry to makemore
10 September 1995John UpdikeThe collected works of Marcel ProustSilken tent (for luxury, not survival)more
17 September 1995Max NicholsonThe Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard De ChardinBinocularsmore
24 September 1995Maurice SaatchiHamlet (1875 edition) by William ShakespeareVirtual-reality headsetmore
1 October 1995Jenny PitmanVeterinary Notes For Horse OwnersTelevision setmore
8 October 1995Alan YentobEssays by Michel de MontaigneVideo recordermore
15 October 1995Richard HoggartEssays by Michel de MontaigneFountain pen and papermore
22 October 1995Don Black14,000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann KipferSnooker tablemore
29 October 1995Elizabeth Jane HowardAll the sonatas by ScarlattiPianomore
5 November 1995Rt Hon Gillian Shephard MPThe Warning of the Middle Ages by Johan H. HuizingaMadame Rochas scentmore
12 November 1995Umberto EcoThe New York Phone BookLaptop computermore
19 November 1995George MartinA book on how to build a boatElectric keyboardmore
3 December 1995Alison SteadmanOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Hot lemon flannels (as provided in Chinese restaurants)more
17 December 1995Barbara DicksonEnglish & Scottish Ballads by Francis ChildVery large set of solar-powered hair rollersmore
24 December 1995Petula ClarkAnything by Peter UstinovHer pianomore
31 December 1995Lady Margaret TebbitHillier's Dictionary of PlantsAn endless team of Man Fridaysmore


7 January 1996Christopher HamptonAnything by Marcel ProustPen and papermore
14 January 1996Jimmy McGovernUlysses by James JoyceHaemorrhoid ointmentmore
21 January 1996Chili BouchierIn Tune With The Infinite: Fullness of Peace Power by Ralph Waldo TrineMake-up kitmore
28 January 1996Julian BarnesLetters of Gustave FlaubertWriting equipmentmore
4 February 1996Eve ArnoldArabian NightsDark room, film and cameramore
11 February 1996Susan HillThe Pursuit of Love by Nancy MitfordThe Barnes Collection (paintings)more
18 February 1996Professor George Steiner500 year ahead calendar and appointment bookComputermore
25 February 1996Sir Roy CalneGlobal Biodiversity by Brian GoombridgePaints and canvasmore
3 March 1996Gordon BrownThe Story of Art by Sir Ernst GombrichTennis ball machine and racketmore
17 March 1996Lord AlexanderOther Men's Flowers by Lord WavellPaints and canvasmore
24 March 1996Kyra VayneA culinary bookPeanuts and treats to tame animals and birdsmore
31 March 1996Simon WestonSharpe's Eagle by Bernard CornwellDaily newspapersmore
7 April 1996Dickie BirdWisden Cricketers' AlmanackTV and satellite to watch Test matchesmore
14 April 1996Viscount RothermereThe Divine Comedy by Dante AlighieriA pair of scissorsmore
21 April 1996Hanif KureishiThe Complete Works of Sigmund FreudMarijuana seedsmore
28 April 1996Mitsuko UchidaAnything by Leo Tolstoy (in Russian and English)Pianomore
5 May 1996Pauline QuirkeCrying With Laughter by Bob MonkhouseShampoomore
12 May 1996Hugh LaurieA self-learn Italian book (slowly)Family photo albummore
19 May 1996Janet Holmes à CourtTourmaline by Randolph StowJar of vegemitemore
26 May 1996Michael WhiteAnything by Marcel ProustBicyclemore
2 June 1996Gerry RobinsonThe History of the World by John RobertsPainting kit (easel, oils, brushes)more
9 June 1996Peggy MountThe Diary of Noël CowardTea in abundancemore
16 June 1996Quentin CreweEssays by Michel de MontaigneThe cellar from Trinity College, Cambridgemore
18 August 1996André PrevinThe collected works of Anton ChekhovPianomore
25 August 1996Anita Lasker-WallfischThe History of the World by John RobertsCellomore
1 September 1996Sir Terence ConranHistory of the World by H. G. WellsEndless supply of A4 paper and 4B pencilsmore
8 September 1996Professor Colin BlakemoreThe Discoverers by Daniel BoorstinSolar-powered Internet (to receive, not send)more
15 September 1996Kevin WhatelyThe Moor's Last Sigh by Salman RushdieNorthumbrian pipesmore
22 September 1996Fran LandesmanRebel Without Applause and Jaywalking by Jay LandesmanCannabis seedsmore
29 September 1996Ben EltonHis wedding photo albumThe British Museummore
6 October 1996Lewis WolpertEnquiry Concerning Human Understanding and The Principles of Morals by David HumeBicyclemore
13 October 1996Rumer GoddenThe Atlantic Book of British and American Poetry by Edith SitwellA widow's cruise filled with whiskymore
20 October 1996Jack CharltonEncyclopaedia of How to SurviveFishing rodmore
27 October 1996Jancis RobinsonMiddlemarch by George EliotCellar of wines and a corkscrewmore
3 November 1996Chris PattenA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingBathmore
10 November 1996Sir Laurens Van Der PostThe Golden Bough by James FrazerPianomore
17 November 1996Tessa SandersonThe History of the World by John RobertsToothbrush and toothpastemore
24 November 1996Tony BlairIvanhoe by Walter ScottGuitarmore
1 December 1996Bruce ForsythThe collected works of Omar KhayyamSand iron (golf club)more
8 December 1996Robert WinstonThe Koran (in Arabic and English)Glass and tools to make a telescopemore
15 December 1996Ian DuryMacmillan Dictionary of ArtMixing desk (solar-powered)more
22 December 1996Jennifer SaundersTraveller's Prelude by Freya StarkTribute Heads by Elisabeth Frinkmore
29 December 1996Martin AmisThe Complete Works of John MiltonCable televisionmore


5 January 1997John CleeseStand By Your Man by Tammy WynetteMichael Palin - stuffedmore
26 January 1997Irene ThomasComplete score of Fidelio by BeethovenTeddy bear stuffed with tea and lily of the valleymore
2 February 1997Gene WilderThe Notebooks of Captain Georges by Jean RenoirEarl Grey teamore
9 February 1997Terry PratchettEdible Plants of the South Seas by Emile MassalThe Chrysler Buildingmore
16 February 1997Mary BensonUnpublished Notes by Athol FugardTelescopemore
23 February 1997Nico LadenisBeau Geste by P. C. WrenCantona's Manchester United shirtmore
2 March 1997Dr. Susan GreenfieldThe Leopard by Giuseppe di LampedusaEndless supply of currymore
9 March 1997Redmond O'HanlonWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyPair of green, insulated Leica binoculars 8 X 20more
16 March 1997Nina CampbellPhotograph albumBedmore
23 March 1997Peter BlakeLemprieres' Dictionary by Lawrence NorfolkGymmore
30 March 1997Virginia IronsideThe Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent PealeBig bag of plaster to make heads of friendsmore
20 April 1997Saeed JaffreyThe Complete Works of Mirza GhalibCase of Black Label and Dom Pérignonmore
27 April 1997Andy HamiltonThe Physics of Immortality by Frank J. TiplerFootballmore
4 May 1997Sir Martin ReesCollective cartoons of Gary LarsonJefferson reclining chairmore
11 May 1997David WynneThe Iliad and The Odyssey by HomerHarmonicamore
18 May 1997Harry EnfieldBleak House by Charles DickensBeer and a cigarette machinemore
25 May 1997Sian PhillipsThe Medical Care of Merchant Seamen by William Louis WheelerPencils and papermore
1 June 1997Joanna MacGregorThe Sleep Walkers by Arthur KoestlerSampler to record the noises of the islandmore
8 June 1997Benjamin ZephaniahPoetical Works of ShelleyLaw of the island (so he could break it)more
15 June 1997Christina NobleThe Book of KellsPhoto of an Irish cottagemore
22 June 1997Eric SykesRipley's Believe It or NotSand wedge and crate of golf ballsmore
24 August 1997Iain BanksThe Complete Monty PythonFront seat of a Porschemore
31 August 1997Cleo LaineThe Jazz Revolution by John DankworthPerfumemore
7 September 1997Sir Frank KermodeThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonSamuel Palmer's painting Moonlit Landscapemore
14 September 1997Ursula OwenThe collected works of Anton ChekhovFamily photo albummore
21 September 1997Mike Leigh OBEOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezLavatory and lavatory papermore
28 September 1997Peter O'SullevanEnds and Means by Aldous HuxleyBottle of Calvadosmore
5 October 1997Jools HollandThe Four Books of Architecture by Andrea PalladioPianomore
12 October 1997Rose TremainA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingWord processormore
19 October 1997Richard Rodney BennettThe Atlantic Book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell6mm 36 inch circular knitting needle with a point at each endmore
26 October 1997Richard MabeyThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameGuitarmore
2 November 1997John Julius NorwichThe Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonLaptop computermore
9 November 1997Anthony MinghellaCollected piano works by BachPianomore
23 November 1997Thelma HoltUtopia by Thomas MooreRosary beadsmore
30 November 1997Lloyd GrossmanTreasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonFishing rodmore
7 December 1997Paula RegoTender is the Night by F. Scott FitzgeraldPencil and papermore
14 December 1997Chris HaskinsThe collected works of Seán O'CaseyPen and papermore
21 December 1997Sir Harry SecombeThe Pickwick Papers by Charles DickensGuitarmore
28 December 1997Glenda Jackson MPThe History and Creation of a Japanese Sand GardenBathmore


4 January 1998Professor Heinz WolffCollection of Landscape pictures (with book)Collection of landscape picturesmore
11 January 1998Paul HogarthThe Times Atlas of World HistorySolar-powered Apple Macmore
18 January 1998John TomlinsonFlora and Fauna of tropical desert islandA box of lensesmore
25 January 1998Helena Kennedy QCAeneid by VirgilGoose down duvetmore
1 February 1998Colin DexterThe collected works of A. E. HousmanManicure setmore
15 February 1998Richard NobleWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyGuitarmore
22 February 1998David PountneyAnthology: The English Year by Geoffrey GrigsonCroquet lawnmore
1 March 1998Archie Norman MPThe Compleat Angler by Isaac WaltonJar of Marmitemore
8 March 1998Sir Anthony DowellThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameSketch pad and paintsmore
15 March 1998Ian StewartGödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas HofstadterMargaret Thatcher pickled in a Damien Hurst sculpturemore
22 March 1998Andrew MotionPrelude by William WordsworthPencils and papermore
29 March 1998Alice Thomas EllisCome Hither - An Anthology by Walter de la MareVery comfortable sofamore
5 April 1998Gavin BryarsScience and Civilisation in China by Joseph NeedhamGravity chairmore
12 April 1998Dame Judi DenchOrdnance Survey map of the worldThe Man with a Glove, painting by Titianmore
19 April 1998Sir Terry FrostBlank sheets to write his thoughts on imagination and memoryMirrormore
26 April 1998Sir Ernest HallThe collected works of William BlakePianomore
3 May 1998Susan BlackmoreOrigin of Species by Charles DarwinHandful of cannabis seedsmore
10 May 1998Antony GormleyPrinciple of Hope by Ernst BlochSnorkel and maskmore
17 May 1998Sir David WillcocksBook on astronomyKing's College Chapelmore
24 May 1998John HarleThe Aesthetics of Music by Roger ScrutonLute and stringsmore
7 June 1998Geoffrey SmithHistory of viticulture, with instructions on how to make wineBundle of prunings from a good vineyard so he can plant his own vinesmore
14 June 1998Bill KenwrightEverton - The Complete Record by Steve JohnsonGuitarmore
21 June 1998John BirdThe Encyclopaedia of LondonMont Blanc pen, notebook and inkmore
28 June 1998Jack RosenthalFinnegans Wake by James JoyceClay for making sculpturemore
5 July 1998Sybille BedfordA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustA French restaurant in full working ordermore
12 July 1998Rt Hon Jack Straw MPThe Franco Prussian War - The German Invasion of France 1870-1871 by Michael HowardSaxophonemore
19 July 1998Howard BrentonThe Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerChampagnemore
26 July 1998Chris De BurghMoonfleet by J. Meade FalknerSnorkelmore
2 August 1998Ralph SteadmanThe New La Rousse Encyclopaedia of MythologyChiselsmore
9 August 1998David Hempleman AdamsJonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard BachSaxophonemore
16 August 1998Les MurrayA blank, lined bookMarble four-poster bedmore
23 August 1998Ralph KoltaiFrench dictionaryCigarsmore
30 August 1998Lucy GannonThe Faber Book of Reportage by John CareyJaguar XK8more
1 November 1998Paul DanielBeautifully bound blank bookCello and music for Bach's cello suitesmore
8 November 1998Joseph RotblatEncyclopædia Britannica on CD-ROMSolar-powered laptopmore
15 November 1998Nicole KidmanCollected Poems of Emily DickinsonSun blockmore
22 November 1998Bill MorrisLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson MandelaCricket bat signed by "the three Ws" - Sir Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcottmore
29 November 1998Eileen AtkinsMoments of Being by Virginia WoolfAn Atkinson Grimshaw paintingmore
6 December 1998John KeeganThe Thirty-Nine Steps by John BuchanFrench-speaking man robotmore
13 December 1998Dick FrancisMen and Horses I Have Known by George LamptonWaterbedmore
20 December 1998Bob MonkhouseThe Adventures of Alice by Lewis CarrollClarinetmore
25 December 1998Sir David AttenboroughShifts and Expedients of Camp Life by W. B. LordGuitarmore


3 January 1999Dave BrubeckThe Spear in the Sand by Raoul C. FaureGrand pianomore
10 January 1999Clare HollingworthHistory of England by G. M. TrevelyanPaper and pens (with thick nibs)more
17 January 1999David ShepherdCollected works of Beatrix PotterWind-up video playermore
24 January 1999Ruth Prawer JhabvalaThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyA chaise longue by a windowmore
31 January 1999Bill BrysonThe Lost Continent by Bill BrysonBasketball and hoop with a little hard standingmore
7 February 1999Andras SchiffThe Divine Comedy by Dante AlighieriPianomore
14 February 1999Nina CassianWinnie the Pooh by A. A. MilneCigarettes and whiskymore
21 February 1999Maria EwingCollected Poems of John DonnePianomore
28 February 1999Richard CurtisGuinness Book of PopPizza Express in Notting Hillmore
7 March 1999Sir Charles MackerrasTranslation of Shakespeare in either German, Italian or CzechIf a hot island - a huge bottle of suntan lotion and if a cold island - a pillowmore
14 March 1999Fay MaschlerCold Comfort Farm by Stella GibbonsHuge supply of ouzomore
21 March 1999Rt Hon Mo Mowlam MPThe collected works of Seamus HeaneyGlobemore
28 March 1999Luise RainerThe Proper Study of Mankind by Isaiah BerlinTo be missed by the people she lovesmore
4 April 1999Richard DunwoodyThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienEndless supply of ice-cream


11 April 1999Paco PeñaAnthology of poetry by Jose BerguaVirtual reality modulemore
18 April 1999Ken LoachGolden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics by Francis PalgraveRadio (for football results)more
25 April 1999Stan TraceyCrazy Like A Fox by S. J. PerelmanThe film - Oh, Mr Porter!more
2 May 1999Helen BamberPoet For Poet by Richard McCainRadio to listen to the World Servicemore
9 May 1999Richard DreyfussA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensBooks delivered to the island on a regular basismore
16 May 1999Michael GreenThe Complete Works of Sigmund FreudDigital TVmore
23 May 1999Christopher BruceTeach yourself FrenchSuncreammore
30 May 1999Anthony HowardDictionary of National BiographyMagnifying glassmore
6 June 1999Chris BoningtonHistory of the English-Speaking Peoples by Sir Winston ChurchillPower Book G3 (laptop computer)more
13 June 1999John BarryEternal Echoes by John O'DonohueGrand pianomore
20 June 1999James DysonOlive: The Life and Love of a Noble Fruit by Mort RosenslumOlive oilmore
27 June 1999Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MPCollected Poems of Thomas GrayHot showermore
4 July 1999Igor AleksanderCompanions to the Mind by Richard GregoryA virtual reality London Symphony Orchestra so he can conduct itmore
11 July 1999Paddy MoloneyThe Book of Lempster (old Irish textbook currently in The Hague)Tin whistlemore
18 July 1999Martin PipeHorse Management by R. S. TimmisWinning post from Cheltenham race coursemore
25 July 1999Rod SteigerComplete book of poetry by e e cummingsSelf-contained external electric fanmore
1 August 1999Rick SteinAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThai fish saucemore
8 August 1999Patricia RoutledgeThe collected works of John DonneTea service with teamore
15 August 1999Sir Roger NorringtonThe Complete Works of Thomas HardyChocolatemore
22 August 1999Rita DoveOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezBallroom and robotic dance instructormore
29 August 1999Rolf HarrisThe Magic Pudding by Norman LindsayChisel for sculptingmore
31 October 1999Ralph FiennesA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustPen and limited supplies of ink and papermore
7 November 1999Willard WhiteThe Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent PealeSeedsmore
19 November 1999William GibsonThe Complete Works of Jorge Luis BorgesJunk yardmore
21 November 1999Clarissa Dickson WrightThe Complete Works of SakiWind-up radiomore
28 November 1999Warren MitchellMaster and Commander by Patrick O'BrianOrgan (from the Royal Albert Hall)more
5 December 1999Sir Richard SykesOrigin of Species by Charles DarwinTelescopemore
12 December 1999Oz ClarkeFrench Provincial Cookery by Elizabeth DavidHis memorymore
19 December 1999Michael NymanTristram Shandy by Laurence SterneToiletmore
24 December 1999Michael CrawfordThe complete book of self-sufficiency by John SeymourPen and papermore
31 December 1999Sir Andrew Lloyd WebberEngland's Thousand Best Churches by Simon JenkinsHerb gardenmore


9 January 2000Dr. Jane GoodallThe Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienPencil and papermore
16 January 2000Ian McEwanUlysses by James JoyceItalian leather hand-stitched hiking bootsmore
23 January 2000Neil JordanA la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel ProustTypewritermore
30 January 2000Peter MelchettField guide to the islandSnorkel and maskmore
6 February 2000Simon CallowDictionaryNose hair trimmermore
13 February 2000Professor Stuart HallPortrait of a Lady by Henry JamesPianomore
20 February 2000Michael HolroydThe High Hill of the Muses (anthology by Hugh Kingsmill)Waterbedmore
27 February 2000Sheila HancockAnything by Marcel ProustGrand piano (and music scores)more
5 March 2000Robert McCrumThree Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeSt. John's Wortmore
12 March 2000Colin MontgomerieAnything by Michael CrichtonNo luxury chosenmore
19 March 2000Al AlvarezInterpretation of Dreams by Sigmund FreudLaptop computer with poker game softwaremore
26 March 2000Adrian NobleThe Art of Memory by Frances A YatesWinemore
2 April 2000Harold EvansHistory of the American Civil War by Shelby FooteSilk pyjamasmore
9 April 2000Claire TomalinThe Diary of Samuel PepysGardenmore
16 April 2000Sir Anthony CaroWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyGluemore
23 April 2000Leonard SlatkinNotes of a Native Son by James BaldwinWinemore
30 April 2000Sir Peter BonfieldA book on celestial navigationWindsurfermore
7 May 2000Sir John MillsThe Warden by Anthony TrollopeHis pianomore
14 May 2000Kathleen TurnerEmma by Jane AustenRosesmore
21 May 2000Dame Norma MajorNine Tailors by Dorothy L. SayersSolar laptopmore
28 May 2000John BirdThe collected works of Wallace Stevens2,000 soft loo rollsmore
4 June 2000Professor Géza VermesThe Complete Works of Flavius JosephusComfortable armchair/deskmore
11 June 2000Clive JamesMy Method of Singing by Enrico CarusoKaraoke pianomore
18 June 2000Donald SutherlandDistant Mirror by Barbara TuckmanCase of really good vintage winemore
25 June 2000Max PerutzOrigin of Species by Charles DarwinSkismore
2 July 2000Peter NicholsHis diary (which he has kept since he was 18, to relive his life since 1945)Cyanide tablet (if he can't a tower and telescope, or a full-size snooker table)more
9 July 2000Alan ParkerA giant photo album of his children and grandchildren which goes back over 20 yearsWatercolour paint box plus brush and padsmore
16 July 2000Michael PortilloProust: Time Regained by Alain de BottonSolar-powered laptopmore
23 July 2000Sir Roger PenroseThe biggest book by Michael Frayn19-note pianomore
30 July 2000General Sir Charles GuthrieVolume 1 of biography of the Duke of Wellington - Year of the Sword by Lady LongfordSurfboardmore
6 August 2000Sir Norman WisdomReach for the Skies by Sir Douglas BaderPot of stew with two dumplingsmore
13 August 2000Robert SwanHuge copy of The Times atlas - largest available so he can see where he has been (168 countries so far)An accountancy coursemore
20 August 2000Christopher LloydLetters of Gustave FlaubertSyndicate whiskymore
27 August 2000Ronald HarwoodDecline and Fall by Evelyn WaughHis bathroommore
5 November 2000J K RowlingSAS Survival GuidePen and unlimited papermore
19 November 2000Des LynamEncyclopaedia of Natural MedicineDrum kitmore
26 November 2000Albie SachsCharterhouse of Parma by StendhalLittle bottle of aftershavemore
3 December 2000Tina BrownMiddlemarch by George EliotRollercoastermore
10 December 2000Tim SmitBook with plain pagesPianomore
17 December 2000Richard BriersGreat Expectations by Charles DickensHuge supply of Chardonnaymore
24 December 2000Professor Jocelyn Bell BurnellThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoyevskyBook on how to sketch and some paper and pensmore
26 December 2000Norman PaintingThe Perennial Philosophy - Aldous HuxleyAn orrary(sic) - an electronic toy for looking at the skymore
31 December 2000Stephen SondheimThe collected works of E. B. WhitePianomore
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