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Aung San Suu Kyi20130127

In a remarkable and rare personal interview Aung San Suu Kyi chooses the eight tracks, a book and a luxury, that she’d want to take with her to a mythical Desert Island.

Recorded in December 2012 on location at Daw Suu's home in the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, the interview ranges over her life both in Burma and in the UK where she lived for 18 years. Daw Suu explains her feelings about her father – the leader of Burma's struggle for independence in the '50s and who was assassinated when she was just two – and how the way her mother raised her prepared her for the difficult life that was to come.

She recalls her days as a student in Oxford where she read philosophy, politics and economics and talks about meeting the man who was to become her husband, and father of her two sons, the academic Michael Aris. Having returned to Burma in 1988 to nurse her mother, and following the protests and unrest taking place at the time, she remembers the speech she gave at the Shwedagon pagoda in front of crowds of about half a million and her reaction to being placed under house arrest before the 1990 election even took place.

Daw Suu talks about her relationship with Michael and how they dealt with the Burmese government's refusal to grant him a visa once he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She discusses her feelings toward the Generals of the Burmese military and how they react to her now she's a fellow member of the Burmese parliament and she shares her hopes for the future – both personal and political.

She chooses music which will remind her of people who've been important in her life and her choice includes a 'first' for the programme.

(Image: Aung San Suu Kyi, Credit: Getty Images)