We all love a juicy secret. It seems that authors are particularly keen on them; hidden romances, secret selves, and concealed codes have featured heavily in literature for centuries, and for a reason. But secrets should come with a warning. If you are harbouring something you shouldn’t, take your pick from these four cautionary tales to show you the consequence of camouflage.
As part of our music-themed month on the blog, we’ve been asking our authors to talk us through four songs that have in some way shaped their writing.
Claire Lowdon says, ‘I’m the world’s worst multi-tasker: I can barely stir a saucepan of baked beans and talk at the same time. So I never listen to music when I’m reading or writing. But there’s a lot of music in my novel, Left of the Bang, and these four tracks each mean something to one of the characters.’
As part of our music-themed month on the blog, we’ve been asking our authors to talk us through four songs that have in some way shaped their writing. Lee Rourke’s selections are as innovative and forward-thinking as his novels, taking in political hip-hop, Madchester goofiness, uncompromising post-punk and minimal rock ‘n roll.
What journey is more important than the one that we take in our own minds? Maybe the commute to work, sure, but when you’re somehow squashed up against seven people AND you have a pole in your back but are still managing to read a book, these are the stories that transport us to the minds of others; the minds that are being transported. HOW VERY META.