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Music inspired by books

There's something truly special about one person's creative project inspiring others to make more art. Today on the blog, we're delighted to be sharing music inspired by a selection of our books.

The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line

‘A modern Barbara Pym. Which is absolutely my cup of tea.’ -Nina Stibbe

Last year composer Anthony Marks tweeted out an offer to write a piece of music for anyone who was interested. Ruth Thomas, author of The Snow and the Works on the Northern line, got in touch, and he produced this piece for violin and piano 'partly in response to her wonderful novel.' Listen to the piece on SoundCloud.

The Actuality

‘Written with flair and humanity... mesmerising.’ -Simon Ings, The Times

Composer Joshua Hickin was inspired by the themes of Paul Braddon's stunning speculative novel, and wrote a short soundtrack piece in response. It's called Evie's Memory, and you can listen to it on Joshua's YouTube channel.

Babylon Berlin

‘Gripping evocative thriller set in Berlin's seedy underworld during the roaring Twenties.' -Mail on Sunday

From the Art Deco inspired opening credits to the brilliant cinematography, there's plenty to love about the TV adaption of Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher. The music is no exception. You can listen to Zu Asche, Zu Staub (and get a taste of the show itself) on YouTube.