It was a song about a blackbird that led me to write my new novel ‘The Song Collector’. I discovered that a song collector, alehouse keeper and mischief-maker lived in our cottage in the 1800s. The more I read about and listened to old songs from where I live in Dorset, I realised that I had to write a about a musician and song collector and his connection to the landscape – and woman -- he loves.
As I wrote, I started to appreciate that songs are much like stories – one has to follow their rhythms and cadence. But, when I finished the book, I knew I wasn’t finished with song collecting. I’d been utterly caught. After all, there’s always one more song to find.
Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally best-selling Mr Rosenblum’s List and The Novel In The Viola ( NYT bestseller The House at Tyneford in the US) which was chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages. The Song Collector is her latest novel, published in July 2015 in the UK and December 2015 in the US as ‘The Song of Hartgrove Hall’.
She lives in rural Dorset with her husband and family in a thatched cottage under the shadow of Bulbarrow Hill.
Her blog can be found at www.natashasolomons.com