We’ve got so much time for: Kirsty Young

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CASTING AWAY A job you love be­cause of poor health is never easy to do, but last week Kirsty Young, beloved host of Desert Is­land Discs, de­cided to step back for a ‘num­ber of months’ in or­der to seek treat­ment for long-term pain from fi­bromyal­gia. Her Scot­tish lilt and warm pres­ence has led to some out­stand­ingly emo­tional in­ter­views that re­veal so much more than her guests’ mu­si­cal taste. In her ten­ure since 2006 she has taken a jour­ney into sound with big names in­clud­ing David At­ten­bor­ough, Vic­to­ria Wood and Mar­ian Keyes – as well as Cast Away star Tom Hanks, who welled up as he spoke about his lonely child­hood.

And while she’s been the main­stay for us as listeners of the show over more than a decade, we know Lau­ren Lav­erne will do a great job of keep­ing her seat warm. Get well soon Kirsty!

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