Richard Godwin Shares the Soundtrack for his New Novel



JG1Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, Locked In Cages, Crystal On Electric Acetate, The Glass House, Android Love, Human Skin, and Insincerity. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. He also teaches creative writing at University and workshops. You can find out more about him at his website, where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

Out now: Insincerity


If readers were listening to music as they enjoyed your book, what song would be playing with the opening scene? Why?

Portishead Glory Box, because it is a highly sexual song and fully Erotic and my novel is.


What song do you think best illustrates your protagonist’s emotional state during the first part of your book? Why?

Godsmack I fucking hate you.

The underlying tension of this particular dramatic tension and Narrative is this the hatred of humanity by all politicians and the need or a Sexual revolution. Right now.


There are often significant turning points in a story that advance the plot. This can coincide with an emotional shift for a character. Do you feel like there’s a song that illustrates a defining turning point for your character? If so, which one and why?

Alice by Tom Waits.

Because I suddenly saw and Fully Appreciated the essential beauty of the machines more than machines in actuality.


Are there other songs that you imagine would be really fitting for specific scenes in your book? If so, feel free to share the songs and a little about why these songs would be fitting for your soundtrack. (For example, they can illustrate the emotions of your protagonist, antagonist, or another character, or fit thematically with an event in the story or the plot.)

Shinedown – Cut The Cord.

Because that is exactly what is happening in this novel, read it.


What song do you imagine playing at the climax of the story?

Buckcherry – Dirty Mind


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