4 Tracks: Nell Zink

• Aug 11, 2015 • Tags: , , ,

As part of our music-themed month on the blog, we’ve been asking our authors to talk us through four songs that have inspired, accompanied, or in some way shaped their writing. For this first post in the series, Nell Zink talks us through 4 tracks that make up the soundtrack to her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Wallcreeper, which we published in a box set alongside her sophomore novel, Mislaid, this June.


Interlaken, Berne, 21st century. Several things happen after the car hits the rock. Tiff ceases to be pregnant. Stephen captures, like, the most wonderful bird – fleet, stealthy, and beautiful – a real “lifer”. And the wallcreeper, the wallcreeper says “twee”.

The Wallcreeper is nothing more than a portrait of marriage, complete with all its requisite highs and lows: drugs, dubstep, small chores, anal sex, eco-terrorism, birding, breeding and feeding.

Martin Campbell ‘Wicked Rule’ (Ragga Delic Records)

‘Tiffany first suspects that her beloved Stephen may be a reggae DJ when she hears him singing this song.  Unfortunately the boredom of Berne turns him into a dubstep fanatic, driving her into the arms of the mysterious Elvis.  Elvis is possibly not as Montenegrin as he claims, but he exposes her to Montenegrin folk rock such as:

East Elysium ‘Wings (Who You Are?)’  (Self-Released)

When after painful misadventures Stephen and Tiff are reunited, you can tell it’s all going to be fine because he listens to reggae again. Tiff notes this bird-themed song playing at an open-air bar.

Horace Andy ‘Skylarking’ (Studio One)

Saying what Cat Stevens song concludes the novel would be a spoiler, so how about this lovely surprise video showing that Tiff is wrong to doubt Rule 34 (“If it exists, there’s porn about it”)?’

Words by Nell Zink.

The Wallcreeper and Mislaid are out in hardback now.

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