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Bestselling Norwegian author Jo Nesbo picks some of his favourite music and talks about how the bands and artists inspired him.

Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo, picks some of his favourite music and talks about how they inspired him.

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway's premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.

When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world's leading crime writers and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

First broadcast in 2017.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 9 Aug 2019 01:00

Music Played

  • Television

    Marquee Moon

    • Virgin.
  • The White Stripes

    Blue Orchid

    • XL.
  • Teenage Fanclub

    I Don't Want Control Of You

  • De La Soul

    Keepin' The Faith

    • (CD Single).
    • Big Life.
    • 2.
  • Peter Gabriel

    No Self Control

    • Island.
  • Zero 7

    I Have Seen

    • Ultimate Dilemma.


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