“Industrial Disease” by Dire Straits
This song came out when I was in high school, and I always loved the irony in the line: “Two men say they’re Jesus. One of them must be wrong.” From there it was only a quick hop to: “Two men say they’re the Duke of Something. One of them must be wrong.” The book proposal was actually called, “The Two Dukes of Something.” Eventually we came up with Wyndham as a good name.
“Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry
I loved this song when it came out. It’s so catchy and fun without being bubble-gum. And it really seems to fit the scene at the inn with Jack and Grace.
“Your Hands are Cold” by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, from the Pride and Prejudice (2005) Soundtrack
I listened to the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley/Matthew MacFadyen version) endlessly while writing The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. I’m not sure why I picked this song for the soundtrack, except that I had to pick something, and this scene in the movie (Dawn; Darcy walks out of the mist) is soooo romantic.
“Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush
I go through Kate Bush phases. I’ll go years without listening to her music, and then all of a sudden I can’t turn it off. I started in on The Hounds of Love album again while I was writing this book, and I was stunned by how much the lyrics of the song fit Jack, especially the big scene at the end of the book.
Soundtrack for The Lost Duke of Wyndham
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