Bryant & May Are Coming Back
Hopefully this will put a smile on your faces. Some of them, anyway.
The next book from me will be ‘Hot Water’ from Titan in March 2022. However, in July it will be followed by a new Bryant & May book – although not a novel.
‘Bryant & May’s Peculiar London’ is a rather unusual guide book. It’s a bit like the comments sections on this blog. I’ve let Raymond Land explain in the book’s foreword;
‘I thought it was a guide book but itâ€™s nothing of a kind. Thereâ€™s bugger-all in here about what ordinary people want to do when they visit London, viz; go to the London Eye, Big Ben and M&M World before sitting through the first half of â€˜Les Mizâ€™. Instead itâ€™s full of annoying conversations and weird historical connections no-oneâ€™s interested in. Half of them have no point and the other half go wandering off at a tangent, like Mr Bryantâ€™s mind. There are hundreds of perfectly acceptable London books knocking about and this isnâ€™t one of them. Itâ€™s just someone randomly banging on about a lot of pointless forgotten stuff.’
But ‘pointless forgotten stuff’ is precisely the point. Most books that discuss London do so from a historical or political perspective, or they compile random curiosities. You’d expect ‘Bryant & May’s Peculiar London’ to look at the city from a crime perspective but too many other excellent volumes do that. Instead it explores the way in which the past is curiously linked to the present, via the kind of freeform thinking that shapes Mr Bryant’s deranged mindset.
Hopefully it will delight and surprise you as much as the editor enjoyed it.
‘Bryant & May’s Peculiar London’ features all the PCU staff arguing with each other and waxing lyrical (or just complaining) about London. It will fit into the B&M canon as Book 21, same size and design, not as a separate volume. I think it’s going to be great fun.