Dervla’s ‘Desert Island Discs’

In her autobiography Wheels within Wheels, the travel writer Dervla Murphy says she had a secret longing to be a really good pianist, like her mother, but suffered from “musical dyslexia”. She writes, too, of how music remained a shared pleasure for her family even when relations between herself and her parents were at their most difficult. We didn’t touch on that subject when I interviewed her recently – partly for lack of time and partly because her musical tastes (as well as other subjects) were well covered in a Desert Island Discs interview she did in 1993. You can still listen to that on Soundcloud:

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