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As big fans of Julie Mayhew’s last novel, The Big Lie, we’re extremely excited to read her recently-released Mother Tongue! To celebrate, we have her taking on our 5-4-3-2-1 feature.

5 ~ Songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly


I never start working on a book with words, always with pictures and music. These are the songs I was listening to on repeat while writing Mother Tongue…

Caught A Long Wind – Feist
(The first song I’d play when I say down at my desk each day. It got me into Dasha’s head)
Little Bird – Boris Lvov
(This short, beautiful tune is Nika’s theme)
Sha! Shtill! (L-Vis 1990 Remix) – Gucci Vump
(This song, though not Russian, is Moscow for me – big, loud and chaotic. Play this when you read the section where Dasha gets a scooter ride)
Oh Fields, My Fields – The Red Army Choir
(A traditional Russian song that reminds Dasha of home and school)
Rybka – Fabrika
(This piece of Russian pop would have been playing on the radio in 2004 – and it becomes an earworm fo...

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