Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4

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Personal Journals 31

Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island


Nicky Haslam

August 2nd, 2009

Episode 56 of 566 episodes

Kirsty Young's castaway is the interior designer, socialite and one-time cowboy, Nicky Haslam. His life defies easy description. In America in the 1960s, he was part of Andy Warhol's circle of friends. He got to know Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor and met Cyd Charisse and President Kennedy; and after all that, he became a cowboy. When he returned to Britain he brought the sleek style of the States with him. When he is designing a room, he says, first he lets the room speak to him, then his client - then he gets the last word on how it should look. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: You're Just In Love from Call Me Madam by Ethel Merman & Dick Haymes Book: A Legacy by Sybille Bedford Luxury: A large 18th-century picture.