Soundtrack for The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

  • “Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs

    So much of this story (and indeed, the entire anthology) revolves around the weather. The winter of 1813-14 was the coldest on record in London, and the Thames really did freeze over!

  • “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band

    This one seemed fitting, given how everyone is crashing into each other at the skating party. But more than that, I have always found this song intensely romantic.

  • “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order

    I don’t write very many love triangles in my books, but I did in “36 Valentines.”

  • “That’s Just What You Are” by Aimee Mann

    You don’t often find such deliciously bitter songs on my playlists, but this one was just perfect, considering that “36 Valentines” opens with Susannah having been jilted by the hero’s brother. Plus (and I swear I only realized this after I chose the song), they share the same last name. Susannah’s eventual love is David Mann-Formsby, and his brother (who marries Harriet Snowe) ends up with the best sort of revenge: the name Clive Snowe-Mann-Formsby.

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