Best of Today

BBC Radio 4

News & Politics

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


Today: Do novelists make great lyricists?

January 19th, 2015

Episode 80 of 1275 episodes

Author Michael Chabon is perhaps best known for his novels Wonder Boys and the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, but he's also the latest novelist to have a go at cracking the pop chart. Chabon has written most of the lyrics on Mark Ronson's new album, and in doing so has joined the ranks of Kazuo Ishiguro, Nick Hornby and Salman Rushdie, all authors who have tried their hand at writing words for music. Natalie Jamieson has been speaking to Ronson and Chabon and looks at what tempts novelists into song-writing.

Featured Podcast