Not Forgotten

The Independent On Sunday just restarted my column ‘Forgotten Authors’ on September 6th, and will hopefully continue running regularly again, thanks to new lit. ed. Katy Guest. If there’s a forgotten author you’d like to see featured, let me know. I’m especially short of good popular women authors.

Warning: Random Contents

Reader Poll

This blog always responds to what you would most like to find here, so today I’m running a quick poll that will help me to determine what to put on the site. Would you like to see; 1. More fiction (new pieces I’ve written) 2. More personal stuff (what I’ve been up to lately) 3. […]

Fiction Becomes Fact

Reader Karen Pinder has named her little girl after a character in my novel ‘Calabash’, which is a compliment I’ve never had before. The story tells how a boy with too much imagination, trapped in an English seaside town, finds his way to ancient Persia via a portal at the end of the town’s pier, […]

Ad Break

I’m not remotely interested in grooming. When I open that free magazine Shortlist and see pages of male hair products (or football) my brain goes somewhere else. I also hate shaving cream because it dries out my skin. However my friend Carmelo invented a new moisturizing shave oil, and now I can’t use anything else. […]

New eReader Concept

Mike Cane sends me details of a new prototype eReader from Asus that comes in different sizes and is full colour. So, are we meant to have one at home, one for the office, another for the train? It’s getting silly now. I recently took one on a flight, but we weren’t allowed to use […]

Compo Time!

This just in from Nicola Budd at Chalke Authors: Win a Signed & Dedicated copy of Christopher Fowler’s new hardback crime novel, ‘Bryant & May On The Loose.’ Question. If you could take just one crime novel to prison, what would it be – and why? Our favourite answer will win copy. Entries in by […]

The Stuff On Bryant’s Bookshelves

Thank You For Julie

Further to the post below, we have Keith Waterhouse and John Schlesinger to thank for the miraculous Julie Christie, swinging around a corner in Billy Liar – was ever a girl given such a carefree entrance into a film career as this?

Keith Waterhouse Dies

One of my great heroes, Keith Waterhouse, the creator of Billy Liar, died at home today, aged 80. Billy Liar is the UK’s Catcher In The Rye, a tour-de-force with a still-startling punchline. A massive success, the book spawned a sequel, a hit film, a TV series and even a stage musical with a score […]