The Weird World Of The Tube Olympics

 For much of the first Bryant & May mystery series, my elderly detectives worked on the first floor of Mornington Crescent tube station. What they may not have known was that since 1960, people have been attempting the break the world record for visiting all 273 tube stations in one go. The earliest record was […]

When A Man Is Tired Of London…

  …he needs to look at Jason Hawkes’ beautiful night photographs. If you like this, there are another eighteen beautiful big shots at the URL – sorry, you have to cut and paste it. The pictures are posted on the website of the Boston Globe. As a matter of interest, anyone who buys into the […]

Less violence, more violins in King’s Cross

London’s new centre for music and the visual arts opened this weekend with an amazing 100 concerts in 5 days. At just £4.50 for an introductory ticket it brought concert-going within reach of everyone. It also holds restaurants and bars, and is the future home of the Guardian and Observer newspapers. This shot looks photoshopped […]

London Secrets

Here are a couple of unusual London sights this week. When bad seventies buildings are torn down, they briefly expose older houses behind which are never normally seen from the street. One such new view has suddenly appeared in St Martin’s Lane. Older still is this view taken from an alleyway in St Chad’s behind […]

Why I Love The Interweb…

Because once, when something was lost it stayed lost forever. But now, some enterprising person can always be relied upon to track it down and post it. Remember the unsuccessful movie version of the Little Shop Of Horrors? The second one with Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene? It failed, I suspect, because it was a bit […]

Try Shooting The Ad Agency Chimps…

The awful thing is that the agency staff are probably secretly congratulating themselves for placing this piss-poor movie poster on Stockwell Station, where Jean Charles de Menezes was gunned down by police. The copyline reads; ‘Three’s nothing wrong with a little shooting as long as the right people get shot.’ Welcome to London. Shot by

Those British Fantasy Society Wins In Full

Top row, left to right: Steve Jones, Jo Fletcher, Pete Crowther, Ramsey Campell, Christopher Teague, Joel Lane. Bottom row, left to right: Me, Conrad Williams, Vincent Chong.

When Predictive Selling Goes Bad

Ever bought one of my books and thought ‘Hmmm, I wonder what else Christopher recommends?’ Well, according to Amazon, this is what my readers would also enjoy. Thanks go to Ian Alexander Martin of Humdrumming Books, who pointed this out.  How to Get Things Really Flat: A Man’s Guide to Ironing, Dusting and Other Household […]

Bryant & May On The Loose

Details about the plot of the seventh Bryant & May mystery can now be found by clicking on their page, top right, and scrolling down. Obviously it’s early days yet, but the book is finished and delivered, and I’m very happy to be back with the old geezers.

Places That Look Like Settings In Favourite Books

When you read ‘Gormenghast’ it’s almost impossible not to picture the city in your mind’s eye. It makes me want to visit Al Hajarah in Yemen, just to see if Titus Groan is living there…