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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the writer Bernice Rubens. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her childhood with musically-gifted brothers and sister, and how, despite having written 17 novels - one of them won the Booker prize, another was also shortlisted - she still sees herself as merely a successful novelist who failed to become a musician.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: String Quintet C Major Second Movement by Franz Schubert
Book: Poems For Joy & Sermons For Solace by John Donne
Luxury: Daughter's painting

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