Monthly Archives: November 2015

Reading Beyond The Headlines

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Recently a newspaper article which appeared in several national dailies caught my attention. The headline was; Tory MPs block bill to give first aid training to children by talking non-stop until debate ends There’s a knee-jerk reaction to the subject. After all, we don’t have a filibuster history in this country. But because the proposed law […]

The Lady Downstairs

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A few years ago I wrote a Sherlock Holmes radio play for the BBC called ‘The Lady Downstairs’, starring Hannah Gordon. Typically, they didn’t invite me to the recording and then trimmed it massively when Hannah’s delivery proved excellent but rather stately, extending the time too much. I don’t mind the fact that they trimmed […]

Falling Back In Love With London Part Three

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If you really want your faith restored in London, autumn and winter are the seasons for you. We don’t do outdoors well; this isn’t Auckland. If you’re looking for sports, head for the coast in July. Here it’s about the arts, socialising, dining, creating, and autumn is a fine time to do it. The evenings […]

Everest 3D: A Bit Of A Climb

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After watching ‘Everest 3D’ I felt as if I’d dragged myself up that mountain as well, and needed oxygen when it was over. Baltasar Kormákur’s visually stunning film certainly has the sweep and roar of an epic (especially as I was viewing it at Dolby’s own screening room, where the sound is exemplary) but it also […]

Raymond Kirkpatrick Watches British Television

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Raymond Kirkpatrick is a colleague of Arthur Bryant’s. The bear-like heavy metal-loving Professor of English is currently working at the British Library and is our occasional guest speaker. His opinions are very much his own. Oh, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who, isn’t British television wonderful? they say. Bollocks. It’s bloody awful. Have you […]

The True Plot That Was Too Bizarre To Be Used

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A little while back I was in Tokyo, and – always punting around for new plots for the Bryant & May books – I stumbled across a bizarre story that was unfolding in Japanese newspapers. The more I read about it the more fascinated I became, and earmarked it for use in a B&M book. […]

My Bumper Spring Of Publications

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Due to a slight miscommunication with my publisher it seems that the mass market edition of ‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’ is appearing on February 25th, just before the hardback arrival of ‘Bryant & May: Strange Tide’, the detectives’ mystery concerning strange deaths on the Thames, and the novel which will solve the […]

Swiss Try To Halt Anne Frank Freedom

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Anyone for a ripe slice of Swiss sleaze? We know that Anne Frank wrote her own diary when she was 15 because her father Otto told us so in the preface. The book’s copyright is now owned by a Swiss foundation in Basel, and it’s due to run out on January 1st, after the usual […]

Sight & Sound No.1

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Why do we love films? For me, one of the earliest and greatest thrills I ever had was discovering the moments in film when visuals and music perfectly match each other to create great moments – we think perhaps of classics like ‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Psycho’, but this is a new sequence of sight & […]

The Tragedy Of ‘Timbuktu’

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In Abderrahmane Sissako’s astonishing new film we get a chance to explore the sheer lunacy of the jihadists’ worldview from both sides. In a heartfelt polemic that uses subtlety and calm (Oliver Stone, please note) it builds a complex picture through the simplest images, via several unfolding story strands. A herder loses a cow and the […]