Readers are always asking me; what’s the difference between the two English-language editions of the Bryant & May books, ie. UK and US?
The first obvious change is in the covers. America’s artwork is actually created in the UK by Sarah Coleman at Inkymole, and is far more frivolous, although the next cover is taking a [...]
Writers are always working a year ahead. I’m currently on 2015, but simultaneously proofing the US edition of ‘The Bleeding Heart’, which arrives much earlier here in the UK, on March 27th. The series feels as if it is really evolving now with the plots being driven by the characters, not the other way around.
This is the from the very first appearance of Bryant & May, long before I thought of giving them a series. They turned up in my second novel, ‘Rune’, and were pretty much fully formed from the start, as you can see here.
‘You can’t possible be serious about retiring, Arthur. Can you honestly see yourself [...]
(Mr Arthur Bryant on the subject on carrying on)
‘You could smarten yourself up a bit. You have new bosses now. It’s important to stay on top of things.’
‘And how am I supposed to do that at my age?’ cried Bryant indignantly. ‘I’m not fashionable. I’m not technical. I’m not meant to be [...]
Arthur Bryant went with him, and stayed by his side until the orderly came to take his old friend down for surgery. As John May passed through the doors, he raised his head from the pillow and gave a look back at his great friend that said I know what you’re about, and don’t [...]
(Arthur Bryant on ageing)
On his way out, he stopped by the concession stand. ‘Can I take one of these?’ he asked, indicating the programmes. ‘I’m a pensioner.’
‘I’m afraid senior citizens have to pay just like everybody else,’ said the old lady behind the counter.
‘Well I’m also a police officer, so I’m taking one of those [...]
May’s gentle, melancholic smile was lost in advancing shadows. ‘I want, more than anything – ’ But he stopped himself from speaking, and allowed himself to be engulfed in the encroaching darkness.
‘I know what you want,’ said Bryant. ‘I was just thinking of the city in the most recent quarter of its life. All [...]
(Bryant and Maggie Armitage)
He paused to take a good look at his old friend Maggie Armitage. ‘What happened to you?’
The Grade IV White Witch and leader of North London’s Coven of St James The Elder was spattered in pink paint, not a nice pink either, but a shade that could best be described as Tired [...]
(A typical Bryant & May minor character appearance)
The Café Montmartre (Open 24hrs For Hot Snacks) was the second most inappropriately named restaurant ever to appear in central London (the first was the Beverly Hills Nail Salon, Whitechapel). The owner, a former nightclub promoter called Alfie Frommidge, had changed the name from Alf’s Cafe in order [...]
(Sergeant Janice Longbright attempts entry into a group that meets in a pub)
‘I’m here for the Conspirators’ Club,’ said Longbright.
‘Well of course, you would say that, wouldn’t you? You could have read that on our website. Anyone could have read that, found out the address and just come in here off the street, and we [...]