'Misfortune': A Songwriter's Novel Debut Wesley Stace's first novel, Misfortune, started its life as a song. That's because the author is known first and foremost as singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding. Stace tells Scott Simon about the book and his music.
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'Misfortune': A Songwriter's Novel Debut

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'Misfortune': A Songwriter's Novel Debut

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'Misfortune': A Songwriter's Novel Debut

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Songs Inspired by the Book

Hear songs performed by Wesley Stace, a.k.a John Wesley Harding.

Lord Lovel

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Lambkin

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Explore the Book

Wesley Stace's first novel, Misfortune, first took shape as a song. Not surprising, since the author is known first and foremost as singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding.

Set in early-nineteenth-century Britain, Misfortune tells the tale of a baby boy orphan rescued by a rich lord and raised as his female heir. Bookseller Steve Bercu, who recently recommended the title on Talk of the Nation, called it a "Dickensian romp [that] has it all: eccentric characters, scheming relatives, triumphs, tragedies, and through it all, a protagonist you won't soon forget."

Assembling a group called The Love Hall Tryst, Stace has recorded a set of songs featured in and inspired by the book. Scott Simon talks to Stace about his book and the forthcoming companion CD, Songs of Misfortune.

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Album
Songs of Misfortune
Artist
The Love Hall Tryst
Released
2005

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