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Nick Clegg takes di Lampedusa’s novel to a desert island


After Nick Clegg revealed his eight favourite tracks, with the additional book and luxury item, for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs today, he washed up as Twitter’s latest victim.

The Deputy Prime Minister stayed awake until two am to make his choices which musically ranged from the World Cup theme Waka Waka to classical piano.

The Twitter community responded with alternative tracks to reflect his political dilemmas, such as scrapping the cap on tuition fees. Popular choices were Pink Floyd’s We Don’t Need No Education, Elton John’s Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word and The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

However, it was the book he chose that attracted my attention. In my opinion, The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa is not just an Italian great but a global masterpiece. The writing is excellent and conjures up images of elegant Italian aristocrats living in palatial, deteriorating houses.

Long live Count Clegg!


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