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The Double Shadow Blog Tour: Character Read Through Music…

November 14, 2011

Today I’m delighted to welcome author Sally Gardner to Book Monkey today as part of The Double Shadow blog tour. The Double Shadow, published by Orion imprint Indigo, is Sally’s fourth novel written for young adults. Her previous novels include The Silver Blade, The Red Necklace and I, Coriander. 

The Double Shadow

Arnold Ruben has created a memory machine, a utopia housed in a picture palace, where the happiest memories replay forever, a haven in which he and his precious daughter can shelter from the war-clouds gathering over 1937 Britain. But on the day of her seventeenth birthday Amaryllis leaves Warlock Hall and the world she has known and wakes to find herself in a desolate and disturbing place. Something has gone terribly wrong with her father’s plan.

Today Sally is going to introduce us to her main characters of the novel through music. So with no further ado, it’s over to Sally…

Introducing my main characters to you through the music that they would listen to, that they would love, or that embodies them, is a little like showing you a glimpse of their soul and can be an insight before or after you’ve discovered the personal journeys they undertake in The Double Shadow.

Ezra’s journey; from being the cook’s son to hero, is one of intense personal and emotional discovery which is echoed in Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2. It shows his true romantic soul, it has such yearning in it for things lost and it wraps around his character and his nature as if they were designed for each other. I listened to this when writing Ezra, it proved a great inspiration. It’s an amazing piece, like a poem.

I don’t think Amaryllis , my heroine and the focus around whom the tale is wound,  would listen to much music – but her early music choices might be I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and Teddy Bears Picnic. By the end of the story, I believe she has graduated to Dance Me to the End of Love, sung by Madeleine Peyroux, written by Leonard Cohen. Her early music is about as emotionally as deep as a Martini glass, it embodies her party girl ‘I couldn’t give a damn about anyone else’ phase. Later on the piece is not of her time, just as she’s not of her time. It has the yearning, desire and dreams of what she’s been searching for. I like the off key at the beginning, it’s jaunty and disconcerting and you can’t quite work out what you’re about to hear.

Tommy’s music would be Trail of the Lonesome Pine by Laurel and Hardy – it’s both tragic and funny and it so sums him up – he loved the movies at the Saturday Cinema Club. It embodies his yearning for his lost mother – and has a crazy sanity to it which in a way is what Tommy is all about. He is both Laurel and Hardy.

A huge thank you to Sally and Nina Douglas at Indigo for giving me the opportunity to be a part of The Double Shadow blog tour! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour as listed below, and also keep your eyes peeled for my review of The Double Shadow coming later this week!


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