Judy Bridgewater is a fictitious singer, but she fits into an easily recognisable style of easy listening music from the 1950s, the era just before rock and roll became the dominant popular form. Lounge music was particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and continues to have many fans. Peggy Lee and Doris Day are possible models for Judy Bridgewater.
Norfolk is the largest county in the region of East Anglia, and is well known for its flat landscape. It is the most significant of the English counties that the students in Never Let Me Go are taught about, in terms of both its role in the narrative and its thematic relevance. As Miss Emily says, it is a peaceful, slightly disconnected area, having neither motorways nor high speed railways.
The mock-Tudor style of architecture was particularly popular in England in the first half of the twentieth century. The most distinctive feature of many mock-Tudor buildings is that they are made to appear as though they are timber-framed.
This is a significant clue to the destiny of the Hailsham students. Any damage caused by smoking, for example lung cancer, would make their organs unsuitable for donation.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories have been very popular ever since the first appearance of the character in 1887. He was frequently portrayed smoking a pipe. References to classic works of literature appear frequently in Never Let Me Go; this is the subject in which Kathy chooses to specialise after moving to the Cottages.
Like the singer Judy Bridgewater, the song ‘Never Let Me Go’ is a fabrication. However, many songs with this title have been recorded. Luther Vandross’ love song of that name is perhaps the best known.
There is in fact no reason why clones should be unable to have babies. Dolly the Sheep, the first ever cloned mammal, who was born in Scotland in 1996, produced several offspring.