The Other Half
By Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine
Read by Mark Billingham and Mark Billingham
An original project from crime writer Mark Billingham and country duo My Darling Clementine, combining songs and spoken word to create a story of love, loss and hope.
The Other Half is a unique collaboration between the leading lights of mystery fiction and country music. An original story by bestselling crime writer Mark Billingham, soundtracked by the powerful and poignant songs of internationally acclaimed Americana duo My Darling Clementine.
Pain, loss, violence. The lifeblood of crime fiction, but also the dark seam that runs through the very best country music.
With her best years seemingly behind her, a former Las Vegas showgirl works double shifts in a rundown Memphis bar. Alone and estranged from her daughter, Marcia lives life vicariously through her customers and the everyday tragedies of people falling in and out of love. These are moving tales of grief and heartbreak, lust, murder and domestic horror. Serving beer and burgers as these very different stories unfold, Marcia reflects on her single doomed shot at happiness. Then one day, she receives a phone call that changes everything...
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Best Crime Novel, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller, and Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
My Darling Clementine are leading lights of the British Americana/Country music scene who have, to date, released two highly acclaimed albums: "How Do You Plead?" (2011) and "The Reconciliation?" (2013).
Comprising of husband-and-wife duo Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, they have a growing legion of fans, including such famous figures as Graham Norton and Bob Harris.
My Darling Clementine mine a rich seam of country classicism, in particular the "countrypolitan" sound of late '60s Nashville
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21 May 2015
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