Bryant & May Covers – You Choose
Do books (and book covers) have to reflect our lives as they’re lived right now?
I never really intended my detectives to become topical avatars, but it’s hard not to mirror the times in which we live. In a future book I’ll be looking at the state of the nation, but for 2018’s novel I’ll be doing something new (for me at least) – putting Bryant & May into a late period Agatha Christie-style novel. All will be explained in due course. I’m in Barcelona writing it now, phone off, shut in the man-cave, ignoring the glorious sunshine outside, turning down offers to parties including one full of fashion models – fashion models for Christ’s sake! – the things I do for you lot!)
When asked what he had sacrificed for art, Samuel Beckett replied; ‘I have fairly often not gone to parties.’ Good enough for him, good enough for me.
So, meanwhile here comes the next Bryant & May novel, ‘Wild Chamber’, very exciting, agent loves it, publisher seems really happy, might even get a contract for some more, not exactly Girl on a Train sales but I guess we’re breaking even. I wish the girl on the train would fall off it, but no, it’s still pleasing remedial readers everywhere. I’m thinking of writing a murder mystery set in a railway siding called Train on a Girl. Let you know how that turns out.
Sorry, where were we? Ah yes, the book after ‘Wild Chamber’, ‘Hall of Mirrors’, for that will be its title. But first ‘Wild Chamber’ arrives in about 6 weeks’ time. I’ll be signing and reading wherever I’m sent, and I’ll post the details here. I might even give away a few copies if you’re nice.
So, to the business of the day. At the top of the page is the final UK cover for ‘Wild Chamber’. At the bottom is the mooted US cover. Comments and preferences please! All opinions welcome.