The Bookshop Band

“Really fabulous new music… I think this is the most wonderful project, just delightful.”

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“More, more!! Enchanting.”

David Mitchell

"Charming, clever and quite unfairly talented, the Bookshop Band shine fresh light on books you thought you knew."

Patrick Gale

"Oh, and that MUSIC! … It was just beyond any experience I have ever had"

Alexandra Fuller

“Thank you for the most beautiful songs! I’m completely undone, in the best possible way”

Ruth Ozeki

"I was entranced. I don't think there is anything quite like you. You have a firm following in our family.”

Rachel Joyce

"Listening to the Bookshop Band performing the songs about my books was like feeling the purest essence of my stories come to life and dance in front of me. A truly staggering experience".

Pietro Grossi

“Keep reading, keep singing – you are doing great things for writers, readers, and books”.

Ben Fountain

“Beautiful music”

Patrick Ness

ALBUM 5/10

19th October 2016

That Ghost Belongs To Me

The 5th release from the Bookshop Band's

new 10 albums.

THAT GHOST BELONGS TO ME is the spooky album of the new series, inspired by ghostly tales and dark goings on in the literary underworld. It features Joanne Harris on flute and bass, artwork by author Dave Shelton, percussion from author Jack Wolf and a musical reading from ManBooker Prize winner Ben Okri, as well as songs inspired by Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, and Kate Mosse’s collection of ghostly stories - The Mistletoe Bride.

The books that have inspired this album were all chosen by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, the band’s local independent bookshop, with the songs performed for the first time in front of the author when they came to do an event.

The Bookshop Band are releasing a new album every month as part of a series of 10 new book-inspired albums, and will be touring throughout 2016 to support them. The album will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp and CD, and the launch will be upstairs at the flagship Foyles shop (Charing Cross Road, London) on the 19th October with special guests Kate Mosse, Dave Shelton and William Fiennes.

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The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter and Ben Please. They write songs inspired by books, and play them in bookshops.

The band have written and recorded over 140 book-inspired tunes, coupled them with musical cameos and readings from top authors such as Yann Martel, Ben Okri, Joanne Harris, Patrick Gale and Louis de Bernières and packaged each album with gorgeous illustrations. The albums will be released monthly from May 2016 onward and will be available on CD and digital in addition to the Mr B's special edition vinyl of "Curious & Curiouser". And there will be plenty of opportunity throughout 2016 to catch Ben and Beth on their ‘10’ Tour as they visit bookshops, festivals and libraries around the UK and Ireland, playing the tracks from their newest albums. 

Album No. 1 of 10


Inspired by fantasy novels


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Album No. 2 of 10


Inspired by stories in the city


Album No. 2 of 10

Bring Me Back A Pyramid

Inspired by stories of travel


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Album No. 2 of 10


Inspired by stories of family and friendships


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