Have you ever asked yourself what music would complement the latest novel you are about to read? Well we asked author Lesley Pearse for her recommendations for the perfect soundtrack while reading her new release Liar.

Liar Author Lesley Pearse

Liar Author Lesley Pearse

Here is Lesley Pearse’s Ultimate ‘Top Twenty’ from the ‘70’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany your reading of #Liar

You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling by The Righteous Brothers

I don’t remember thinking anyone had lost the loving feeling…just a great song

Your Love keeps lifting me Higher by Jackie Wilson

When I first met my husband John, he played in a Soul band called ‘Trifle’. They always opened the set with this number.

Space Oddity by David Bowie

John and David Bowie became friends on a tour in 1970. John played in a band called ‘Samson’, David played acoustic guitar. He made this record during the tour and it got to No 13. I’ve always loved it.

Let it be by The Beatles

I was a huge Beatles fan, and I used to cry when I heard this because it was the end of them as a band, and of an era.

In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry

Such a jolly summery picnic in the park record.

Abraham Martin and John by Marvin Gaye

John’s band ‘Trifle’ would play this and John always played a long, haunting solo on his trumpet to open the number. It gave me goose-bumps   

Lola by The Kinks

It reminds me of the seedy - but fun - little clubs in Soho’s, Wardour street

Make it with you by Bread

Just a little romantic song.

I’ll say Forever My love by Jimmy Ruffin

Again, more romance.

Woodstock by Matthews Southern Comfort.

John and I went to see the film of Woodstock not long before our daughter Lucy was born. We sat in the front row in our Afghan hippie coats and pretended we were really there.

Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix

Jimi brings back to me all the wildness and creativity that there was at the end of the 60’s. I can remember putting my head in a speaker in a club and being pounded by his guitar.  

She’s a Lady by Tom Jones

John used to say this was my song. Bless him.

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher

…I always felt I was more gypsy than lady.

Witch Queen of New Orleans by Redbone

I loved this and so much wanted to go to New Orleans. I got there in the end to take Johns trumpet back to his other daughter after he died.

A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum

We used to sit about contemplating what this song was about. I found out later the writers had no idea either.

First Time Ever I saw your Face by Roberta Flack

My song to John. I loved him on sight.

Killer Queen by Queen

After splitting up with John I had a bunch of male friends who used to say I was a ‘Killer Queen’. I loved it, but never knew quite why they said it.

Layla by Derek and the Dominoes

My rock-chick anthem best played loud while I drive very fast.

Desperado by The Eagles

This was my song for Nigel, my last husband and father of my two younger girls.  He’d been a bit of a stud, and I like to think I tamed him.

I’m Not in Love by 10CC  

This was Nigel’s song to me. My girls crack up at the bit about the picture on the wall hiding a nasty stain. He never claimed to love me in the early days but would hitch-hike back from a job in London just to spend the night with me.

Liar by Lesley Pearse is published by Michael Joseph on 25th June, price £20 hardback

About the Book

1970s, West London, a time of 3-day weeks, power cuts and dustmen strikes: Amelia White dreams of being a reporter. The closest she's come is selling advertising in the local paper - until the fateful day she stumbles on a shocking scoop.

Round the corner from her home, she discovers the body of a murder victim, dumped among the rubbish. When the police and reporters descend, Amelia is horrified at the lies soon to be spread about the young woman.

Determined to protect the victim from these smears, she convinces her paper's editor to let her tell the true story.

And when another body is found, Amelia discovers that she may be the only one with any chance of learning the truth and stopping more killings.

If only she can work out who the liar is . . .

Author Bio

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse is a global No.1 bestseller who has sold over 10 million copies of her books. One of the nation’s best-loved storytellers (a Lesley Pearse book is sold every 4 minutes in the UK), Lesley has written 28 bestsellers with new book, Liar set in the 1970s. She has three children and grandchildren and lives in Torquay.

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