Posted by Christopher at 9.21pm
The Black Crow Conspiracy, the third and final book in the series that began with Twelve Minutes to Midnight and continued with Shadows of the Silver Screen, was published today by Nosy Crow. To celebrate, I've put together a playlist that inspired me whilst I was writing the book - just click the links to hear the songs. This is the soundtrack to The Black Crow Conspiracy.
The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
The Black Crow Conspiracy starts in the shadow of Queen Victoria's passing as London prepares for the new King's coronation. But from across the sea, there are rumours of war...
Treason by The Teardrop Explodes
If, in the manner of Desert Island Discs, I had to pick one record from this playlist that summed up The Black Crow Conspiracy, it would be this song,and not least for the title. As the great man himself sings, 'Until you realise, it's just a story...'
The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks
As Penelope uncovers the plot that lurks at the heart of The Black Crow Conspiracy, she learns that there is more at stake than just the theft of the Crown Jewels of England.
Herman Loves Pauline by the Super Furry Animals
As was the case in Twelve Minutes to Midnight and Shadows of the Silver Screen, several real-life historical figures make an appearance in the pages of The Black Crow Conspiracy, including one namechecked in this fantastic song.
The Economy by Tim Burgess
And finally, a beautiful song that I turned to more times than I can remember when I was writing The Black Crow Conspiracy. If 'Treason' by The Teardrop Explodes is the theme song to the book The Black Crow Conspiracy, then the album 'Oh No I Love You' by Tim Burgess was the soundtrack to my writing it.
I hope readers of Twelve Minutes to Midnight and Shadows of the Silver Screen enjoy this final instalment in the series, and a huge thank you to Matt Imrie for his first look review of The Black Crow Conspiracy and Kirsty Connor for including it in her We Love This Book preview of the best Young Adult books of 2014.