Why does Annie Lennox describe songwriting as “playing with sand”? Which Romantic poet inspired Lily Allen to write LDN? Why was Sting influenced by church music? Stunning even the interviewees themselves with his original questions, Daniel Rachel talks about how he humbly gathered the memories of 27 of the UK’s greatest living songwriters from the past 50 years to create his book Isle of Noises, revealing the magic – and, at times, banality – behind the songwriting process. Other highlights include Ray Davies, Johnny Marr, Robin Gibb and Laura Marling. An absolute must for music aficionados.