September 11, 2018

Kate Bush will publish her first book of lyrics in December


Kate Bush fans have something to celebrate. The multifaceted, literary-inspired musician is going to release her first book of lyrics, How to Be Invisible with Faber in December. The cloth-bound tome will also include an introduction from Cloud Atlas author, David Mitchell.

The songs in particular were hand-selected and arranged by the musician herself. We think readers are in for a real treat. Frankly, we’re surprised that a Kate Bush lyric book hasn’t happened sooner. Her literary-themed hits are deeply layered, complex, and moving. Most noteworthy is her haunting, epic hit “Wuthering Heights.”

And, just like an moving novel, Bush’s music is extremely visceral and evocative. Mitchell told NME: “One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.” This isn’t just a book from an iconic singer-songwriter, instead it’s a book from someone who knows how to bend and twist words into great, terrific little sanctuaries with sound and imagery. That’s just what magnificent writers do.

Put your red shoes on, or just run up that hill, we can’t wait to see what this new book has in store. (And, if you’re a connoisseur of music books, perhaps you’ll want to read our delightfully mesmerizing title, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded , too).


Stephanie Valente is the Digital Marketing Manager at Melville House.