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