Quotes From My Non-Bryant & May Books No.1

Reading & Writing

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(In the opening chapter of my first novel, a boy falls from the Coca-Cola sign in Piccadilly Circus)

For a moment, his form was imprinted in the flickering neon strips that made up the vast sign. Then, silhouetted against the bursting light, his body pulled away from the wall as the tubes exploded and broke loose, cascading to the pavement like jagged drops of luminous rain. He fell like a burning comet, this body ablaze with electrical fire, to be extinguished with a hiss as he hit the rain-bloated gutter of the city street below.

From ‘Roofworld’, my first novel. Although the narrative was filled with colour and energy, and garnered good reviews, to me it feels little more than serviceable to its central idea, that groups of disaffected teens carry out wars on London’s rooftops while the city sleeps. Later, I would learn to write with more subtlety. But it did have zip. I’ve often been asked to consider a sequel, but I don’t like going back, although the challenge of including modern surveillance technology would make this interesting (it was written before mobile phones).

5 comments on “Quotes From My Non-Bryant & May Books No.1”

  1. Chris Coveney says:

    Still one of my favorites of yours, Christopher 🙂

  2. Helen Martin says:

    A new version would probably have even more zip than the original but this is not a book that calls for a sequel, even though I thought I wanted one when I finished reading it. It would have had to have been written at the time. I really enjoyed it, different cover, though.

  3. Martin Gore says:

    I bloody love this book, Christopher. It was my introduction to you waaayyyy back in the 80’s after reading about you in Fear magazine. And I’ve never looked back. I still have all my old copies, in fact. Anyway, I agree with Helen, I feelthat no sequel is required. Having said that…… 😉

  4. Alan Morgan says:

    Likewise too my first Fowler back at the end of the 80s somewhere, from memory. It’s the activity around the crystal rooms arcade in Leicester Square that sticks in my head years later. It was a time when the culture that was counter was huge, so it had resonance with me at the time at least.

  5. jan says:

    go back go back get back there NOW

    mind you can tell its a young man telling the story and not the grumpy old g~t who writes Bryant and May gotcha happy new year chris

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