December 20, 2014


Author Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) chats with Roy Plomley on Desert Island Discs in a broadcast from June 21st, 1976. In this 30-minute program, the writer discusses his life, his books, and shares his favorite music, including Beethoven, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Ravel, Mozart, Neil Diamond, and others. His book choice was a cookbook, which won't be a surprise to fans of Deighton's gourmet spy, Harry Palmer. And asked to pick one luxury item to have on his island, he chose to have... a darkroom!  Wonderful insights into Deighton's own character and the many themes found in his novels! Hear the whole interview at BBC here. Below: Len Deighton teaches actor Michael Caine how to properly break an egg.

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