The Bryant & May Referendum
Referendums are all the rage these days, the trick being to abide by the results even when they’re not what you expected and the result is discovering that your country may just have been well and truly boned, so I have one for you. It concerns an idea for a Bryant & May book. Quite a few of you have been asking for a period-set novel.
I’m thinking of placing it in 1969, at the end of the ‘Swinging London’ era. Truth be told it might work just as well in the present day, but there are some advantages – no mobile phones, no internet, great fashions, knowing period humour – although I would not be able to use other characters. I thought it would be nice to have a change of pace, and I could have a lot of fun with our detectives as younger men.
I’ve written B&M short stories set in the past, and two novels – ‘Full Dark House’ is the origin story, and ‘Seventy Seven Clocks’ was set in 1974. Also, part of the graphic novel, ‘The Severed Claw’, was set in Swinging London against the opening of the Post Office Tower (as it was then called) and it feels like a fun time to return to.
Setting a book in the past would also give me a break from dealing with the various ongoing crises unfolding at the PCU in the present day. I also believe in refreshing things with surprises every few books. But I think ultimately the decision will lie with you. This novel is to be called ‘Hall of Mirrors’ and would come after next year’s ‘Wild Chamber’. Now the call is yours.