And the winner is…

So the votes are in for the February pairing, and the winner is:

Independent People by Halldór Laxness, with Ólafur Arnalds‘ debut album Eulogy For Evolution.

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We’re excited for the first month of this little experiment, and are excited to see how people get on… Does the pairing work? How do you feel it influences your reading or listening experience? On reflection what do you think links the two, if anything?

If you’re unable to read the whole book, we’d still love to hear your input, and thoughts & feelings from the pairing, even if you only read one chapter or a few pages.

We’ll host an event at our house in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 6th March 2015 – keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for more info on that soon!

If your favourite of the three was not the chosen pairing this time around do not dismay! Some of the pairings will come back around for group vote if they’ve been particularly popular. Equally, feel totally free to explore any of the pairings for yourself: let us know if you do, as we’d love to hear your thoughts.

We’d also love to hear any pairing ideas from you guys! Either comment on here, or give us a yell on the Facebook Page and we’d love to put up for future vote.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the works on offer this month, and look forward to hearing your thoughts in the coming weeks! If you’d like, you can check out NPR’s “You Must Read This” series, where Christina Sunley gives a hearty recommendation for Independent Peopleand her feelings for the book, and the characters within.

As afinal note, here’s a beautiful video Ólafur Arnalds performing a number of his compositions live, including 3055 from Eulogy for Evolution:

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