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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 25 November 2012
This is a companion to the fabulous '70 Years Of Desert Island Discs'. It really is a book for the lovers of facts and figures, and should, ideally, be taken in conjunction with the aforementioned book. Instead of working out who said what, who chose the luxury items or the books, this does it for you. It is pleasurable enough but I do enjoy the detective work of foraging throught the basic words of the guests and putting the pieces together myself from the original sources, where available. This is like having the answers to crossword puzzles in the back when you get stuck. Very tempting to have a sneak but useful.

Nevertheless, a well-produced book that is wonderfully entertaining enough as a stand alone buy and read. Solid, revealing, well-presented and full of fascinating facts and fun from some 3,000 shows. More than a list, more a pick-up and thumb-through collection that will last for years. No annual book of whatsoever that is a dust-collector. Keep it at hand. A mine of information and unlikely to be seen again in the near future (unlike the Guiness Records Books, superb in themselves but always annual).
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VINE VOICEon 15 February 2013
Great - if you like a book of lists. Otherwise I felt it was somewhat a waste of money. It would have been better if the subject matter had been incorporated in the Desert Island Discs history book. Ok so the book would probably have been overlong, but a bit of culling wouldn't have come amiss.
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on 15 March 2013
I bought this book (DID: Flotsam and Jetsam) to satisfy a number of burning questions regarding the choices of DID castaways over the last 70 years. These were simple and rather obvious questions, such as what is the most popular piece of music or book chosen? Bizarrely, such simple questions are not easily located or even answered.

For example, the most popular piece of music is not revealed until p134, a good 70 pages into the music section, and following many pages of abstract facts such as 'castaways who chose their own or a relative's piece of music'.

Furthermore, the most popular book choice is never categorically stated. Dickens (61), Tolstoy (50) and Proust (48) are noted as the three most popular novelists, respectively. War and Peace (Tolstoy) is specifically mentioned as being chosen on 43 occasions and given that this work appears more often than any work by Dickens, presumably makes it the most popular book choice. Unfortunately, DID: Flotsam and Jetsam fail to provide details on any of the works by Proust (despite the novelist appearing 48 times), and as it happens (using additional research), A la recherche de temps perdu (by Proust) may actually be the most requested book. This book is not even mentioned in DID: Flotsam and Jetsam, at least not overtly.

Okay, so there are a lot of data to analyze, but I feel it has been sliced poorly in DID: Flotsam and Jetsam. The obvious queries are not answered (at all, or logically) and it feels like a jumble of unsystematically organized facts. I'm sure all the information is in there somewhere, but finding it is a problem and trusting another.
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on 23 November 2012
Entertaining trivia and lists from Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs. Until they publish an encyclopedic catalogue of every choice by every guest, this is something to be going on with.
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on 2 December 2012
If you like listening to Desert Island Discs this is a compulsive buy.Easy, light reading, ideal as a bedside book.
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on 27 March 2013
Read the original book first before getting this. Just a load of lists which, though interesting, did not really "rock my boat' If you are a list person this is the book for you but just not my cup of tea, sorry!
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on 22 June 2013
Brought as a birthday present. The recipient was delighted at the present., Very informative and interesting. The product was not damaged and was packaged neatly.
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on 11 September 2013
Cover 2.0 Looks a bit grim, cold and uninviting! Had quite a few chuckles as I worked my way through. A good mixture of happy and sad memories. I will take out again from the library sometime and read again.
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on 12 July 2014
Brilliant book - full of absolute gems about one of my favourite ever radio series.
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on 29 December 2012
Goes hand in hand with Desert Island Discs;70 years of castaways and very informative for all fans of the programme
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