The playlist

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Nouvelle Vague

Ever Fallen In Love

I can imagine this song being the soundtrack to Louis and Kathryn’s joyful summer, walking in meadows, flying kites, taking photographs, sketching, and making up stories.


Turn Back Time

Time too, is a critical element of the story, and the idea that you can turn back time is one that both Kathryn and Louis cling to at times. Plus, the fact that it features in the film Sliding Doors could just make it another reference to popular culture.

Sixpence None The Richer

Kiss Me

A love song for Louis, or Kathryn. Is it a single kiss that Amanda needs to keep her husband? It’s a good song, and fits the mood.

The Monkees

Daydream Believer

Louis lives in his own world, and Lewis is the product of his social awkwardness and daydreaming. More than that, I just really like the song.

Huey Lewis & The News

The Power of Love

Who hasn’t seen Back to the Future, and found this to be an excellent song? It’s a classic, and both Louis and Kathryn love the old classics. I can hear this song as the background to Louis cycling across town to get to school.

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

Considering that – or maybe in spite of – Louis’ life has not been his own since childhood, he has a happy life. Yes, he is lonely, and friendless, but he’s known no other life. He makes of it what he will and gets a lot of pleasure from his made up worlds. I guess that’s why he’s a creative? Sound like anyone you know…?

Nouvelle Vague

Love Will Tear Us Apart

The words might be the same but this version by the French band Nouvelle Vague is so different from Joy Division‘s original its like a completely different song.

Lily Allen

The Fear

A song that Kathryn might have chosen, or Sarah? …something more up to date in the music scene from the 80s tracks that informed Louis. There is a constant, haunting fear, that hangs every over just about all the characters in this book though. The fear of monsters, evil queens, the unknown, themselves… and fear of fear itself.


Life’s A Bitch

Now just where to start with this one? Any one of the characters in this story could sing this! Most obviously, Kathryn, when she discovers what Louis has been doing. Amanda too, though, when she realises her marriage is not what she thought; that her life is not what she thought. Sarah could sing it, left for a while as they only ‘grown up’ in her family. Louis too, could sing it, with a glass of whisky in one hand and Aardizzoni Bear in the other, unshaven and deflated in the lounge at Bevington House…


Every You Every Me

Quite an angry song this for when lives and relationship being torn apart. It’s urgent, and important. Louis needs Kathryn. Amanda needs Lewis. Sarah needs her mum and dad. Miss Leroy needs to be controlling all of them.

The Verve

Bitter Sweet Symphony

And after the urgency and the aggression, the calm reflection. Kathryn chasing trains, and driving the motorways to get to her loved one in time; over fences, through hedgerows, dodging faceless fairies in suits. It’s all there.

Arvo Part

Spiegel im spiegel

Even more contemplative still, this is a hauntingly beautiful, simple track for those moments of quiet reflection – and hope.

Lady Gaga

Born This Way

Quite a personal one, this. It’s a reminder that we are all different – we are all wired in different ways. It’s the thing that I do share with Louis/Lewis and explains why, in part, he has the life that he does.

Connie Francis

Lipstick On Your Collar

However much you like Lewis Tumnal, and I do hope that you do like him, you can’t escape from the fact that he has cheated on his wife, and his girlfriend. This is a great song though; fun and flirty. I can see Kathryn and Amanda joining forces to sing this as a duet to a helpless Louis.

High Contrast

The Long Way Home

The final denouement. A lot of this book was written during the summer of 2014, and the soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics inspired a lot of the writing, and that’s where I got this track from.

David Holmes

I Heard Wonders

This is the final push. See Kathryn, chasing through the big gardens in the north of Wren Hoe desperate to reach Louis before its too late. It’s urgent, and inspiring, and energetic. On a personal note it fuelled the writing of much of the end. Picture me, in the summer of 2013, one year on from London 2012, sitting in the garden writing in the shade of an umbrella not even noticing the thunderstorm now surrounding me!

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