Everything I Know About Love by Dolly AldertonDolly Alderton is a old journalist, writer and director who indulges in writing about herself in the third person when the medium calls for it. She then likes to read it back in a low, warm, velvety Scottish accent to imagine what it would be like to have Kirsty Young introduce her as a castaway on Desert Island Discs. She is reluctant to reveal too much more about her fantasy episode as she still, perhaps foolishly, holds out hope that one day she will be asked on the show and wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for everyone. What she will tell you is her choices would include records by John Martyn, The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra (always adds a nice note of elegant nostalgia) and her luxury item would be a bed. But that’s all you’re getting.
She is an award-winning journalist (sic?) who has written for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Style, The Telegraph, GQ, Red, Marie Claire, Marie Claire Australia, Grazia, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ES Magazine, The Evening Standard, House Magazine, Spectator, The Kentish Towner, The Pool, Man Repeller, Vice, Esquire Weekly, GQ.co.uk, Elle.co.uk and The Debrief.
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'It's like getting an OBE, but better' – behind the scenes at Desert Island Discs
F rom Clarissa Dickson-Wright punching an alsatian dog in the face to Piers Morgan on phone-hacking , Desert Island Discs has been a repository of anecdote, honesty and unlikely confession for three quarters of a century. It has gone through several incarnations while remaining, unassailably, a flagship of BBC radio. What do castaways drink in the studio? How loud is the music? Who decides if a luxury item breaks the rules? I have spent years wondering all of this. These can be tellingly idiosyncratic.
A columnist for The Times newspaper for 25 years, she's published five books and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves. The eldest of eight children, and raised on benefits on a council estate in Wolverhampton, she was taken out of school by her parents aged eleven and educated herself at the library and by watching television, reading all the classics and learning from popular culture. She started writing early and after winning several writing competitions, her first novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, was published when she was just sixteen. She became a music journalist for Melody Maker and, not long after that, started writing regular columns for The Times covering everything from politics and feminism to musings on her own background. She is currently finishing her sixth book and writing several film scripts. She has been married to the music journalist Peter Paphides since and they have two daughters. See all episodes from Desert Island Discs.
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Yes, Caitlin Moran was the source of my last quotation of the week. And look, I actually read something by Caitlin Moran this time, instead of just listening to her talk. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. One a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead. A satisfying reversal.
The year-old host issued a statement confirming that she will be replaced by BBC presenter, Lauren Laverne. Wishing the phenomenal Kirsty Young better very soon. For Desert Island Discs die-hards, the news has come as somewhat of a blow, and Kirsty is currently trending on Twitter. Former castaways and members of the public have wasted no time adding their voice to the conversation today. Wishing Kirsty Young the speediest recovery possible, whilst being thrilled that laurenlaverne is now to become Queen of Desert Island Discs. Those big shoes are in safe hands.
If radio could come in capslock, it would sound like this. Except, of course, studying — anywhere, never mind at Oxbridge — was not what Moran did. Much of this programme was spent on the story of how she went from being a…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in. Already a subscriber or registered access user?