This past week we gave the spotlight to The Other Times of Caroline Tangent, Ivan D. Wainewright’s Time Travel novel! Our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show with reviews and other posts. Now it’s time to bring the show to an end and it’s my pleasure to present you with the encore, including some extra content. Come and learn a bit more about the world of The Other Times of Caroline Tangent through Ivan’s playlist!
Ivan lives in Kent (England) with his partner, Sarah and their neurotic rescue Staffie. Before moving to Kent, Ivan lived in North London, Leeds and Singapore. When not writing, he can be found watching (and occasionally) playing football, running, attending gigs (when that’s possible), arguing over politics and trying to cook. He has been an independent IT consultant for many years, working solely with charities and non-profit organisations.
If you could travel back in time to see any concert, who would you go to see?
Caroline Tangent’s husband, Jon has invented a time machine so they can visit iconic gigs in history: Woodstock, David Bowie, Edith Piaf in 1930’s Paris – an inexhaustible bucket-list. But they can’t tell anyone they’re doing so; Caroline’s life as an artist in North London goes on with her friends and family, and their concerts remain a secret.
As their trips to the past continue, they begin to realise how Jon’s invention could change a devastating moment from their own past. And for Caroline, it’s clear that she and Jon don’t want the same outcome.
Until, on a trip to 1978, one of them does something unthinkable which will change both their lives forever.
For fans of Matt Haig, Audrey Niffenegger, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 – or anyone who likes time travel or music!
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MAY 26TH – THE KICKOFF
“One day a long time ago (i.e. Pre-Covid…), I was doing my usual “writing activity” of surfing the web, and I started Googling for gigs I wanted to go to. I’ve always loved live music, and this was pre-lockdown so we could still do that! While doing so, I came across a forum discussing people’s favourite ever gigs, and gigs they wished they’d been to. And it just popped into my head: what if someone invented a time machine so you could go to see any concert in history?
Music is such an evocative and influential thing for most people, and for some, like me, thinking back to the bands we did see, who we went with, what we were doing in our lives at the time, what it meant to us, is a core part of our lives. Music is a soundtrack to our lives.
But what would it mean if I could now also go to gigs which I wished I had seen many years ago, or even those before I was born?!”
Jorie Loves A Story – spotlight
@dibs.collection – IG spotlight
33 South Textworks – review
“Mr Wainewright has produced something wonderful here. The characterisations are excellent. Caroline, Jon, their friends and children, are all whole people; all with foibles and dramas, idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. They are proper people, indeed. The story hums along with it’s own innate soundtrack.”
@metalheadreader – IG spotlight
Fantasy Book Critic – interview
Westveil Publishing – review
“This is not an author I’ve read before, but after reading this book I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for other titles! The writing is beautiful and the characters are so interesting. The plot does have its twists and turns, which do make for a very interesting story, but I think these are characters I could hang out with even if there wasn’t much happening.
If you’re into time travel novels or just stories about flawed humans loving and hating each other in beautifully complicated ways, this books needs to be on your TBR!”
@alazyeggreviews – review + IG spotlight
“Phenomenal. A cracking read that blends nostalgia with satisfaction and a fitting end to the rollercoaster of emotions. “
@theenchantedshelf – IG spotlight
Van Morrison: You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River
This is on his Veedon Fleece album, which is Caroline’s favourite record. This track has been seen by some as the story of a girl’s childhood and her journey into adulthood searching for the mysterious ‘Veedon Fleece’. Appropriate for Caroline. (That said, Van Morrison has since said it wasn’t as deep as that, but I suspect Caroline would like to believe it was!)
The Beatles: All You Need is Love
The song which makes Jon realise the time machine can impact their lives in ways which he had never thought possible…
Edit Piaf: Je ne regrette rien
Piaf in Paris is the first gig which Caroline and Jon see in the book and as Caroline says, “Perhaps of all our trips, this one is the most unimaginable.” But there is poignancy in the lyrics, for the singer and our two main characters, but in different ways.
Nina Simone or Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit
In honour of one of the most important characters in the book other than Caroline and Jon. I won’t share her name here in case you haven’t read it yet, but those who have done will know who I mean.
Jimi Hendrix: The Wind Cries Mary
I couldn’t think of a title for 95% of the time I was writing the book! Then I began delving into famous rock lyrics for inspiration, including this song. One of the lines is “the broken pieces of yesterday’s life”, and that resonated with my novel but wasn’t quite right. After several shifts, such as replacing “pieces” with “times”, “yesterday” with “Caroline Tangent” and so on, I finally reached what I wanted.
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