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(From Guardian Unlimited)
She chose a survival manual as her book of choice and a photo album of her children as her luxury, revealing in her 1978 appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs something of the woman she was to become. From Friday fans of Margaret Thatcher will be able to listen to the recording of prime minister-to-be for the first time since then, as the BBC puts more than 450 editions of the UK's longest-running radio show online.
The new recordings date from 1951 to Desert Island Discs creator and original presenter Roy Plomley's swan song in 1985. But they still represent less than a third of more than 1,785 editions made by Plomley from the launch of the show in …