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I have “The Foot on the Crown” proof on my desk and am reading now. More to follow. Due out August this year.
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The Husband
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I forgot to add this to the blog in December. So here it is now... @Peculiar was a huge admirer of Ballard and his dystopian work. He and I discussed how prophetic Ballard was with the Drowned World and the Burning World which were published in the 60s. Chris met his literary idol Ballard some years ago and unbelievably Chris said he was tongue tied for once in his life - quite a rare occurance I…
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Happy new year! At long last I can unveil the new website we've been working on over the past six months. All of Chris's books are listed , together with: quotes from critics, links to reviews and options to purchase on Amazon. There are a number of options to sort the Bryant & May series including a recommended reading order for new readers. We've kept the blog archive for anyone who wants to…
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The Husband
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I was asked by The Guardian to write about my reaction to reading Chris's book and what happened after his death.... My author spouse never let me read anything he wrote before it was finished. But after his death from cancer, I found myself choosing funeral flowers at the same time as covers for his memoir, Word Monkey It is strange to be married to an author. At least, it was to me. I inhabited…
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The Husband
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By the way, back in May Chris won the Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest, the International Crime Festival convention, for Bryant and May's Peculiar London. Really! Chris would have been both delighted and amused at the irony... The Husband
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Christopher Fowler
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A book is forever. In August 2008, I set up a blog with Simon Moore, the London creative art director I hugely respect, to cover books, films, the arts and - it turns out - to spark impromptu discussions about Britain's collapsing social fabric. OK, that part hadn't been planned but you could hardly avoid it. It was a bit like setting out to interview Melvyn Bragg and finding yourself stuck with…
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Christopher Fowler
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It wasn't until the vivacious Philippa Pullar (b.1935) married a chicken farmer that she came to realise her perceived notions of rural life were overly romantic. In the seventies a number of authors began to take up their pens against the cruelties of factory farming. Pullar’s belief in the sanctity of animal life informed her first and greatest book, the uncatagorisable ‘Consuming Passions: A…
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Christopher Fowler
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Lately TV drama has been playing tricks on us. The peak so far probably came with 'Landscapers', a true crime story disturbingly redesigned around the protagonists' fantasy lives. It's something novelists did with some frequency until publishers decided to play it safe and revert to Victorian narrative - solid, straightforward, nothing too tricksy or clever. Which is how crime has ended up in its…
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Christopher Fowler
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Publishing is a bipolar industry. Its subjects are cute or bleak, its publicity blitzes star-driven and hyped-to-death or lost and invisible. I try not to judge books by their covers but you can often discern entire plots from the jacket. I know there are sections of the market not aimed at me, like the book about singing crawdads, whatever they are, which looks like 'The Bridges of Madison County…
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Christopher Fowler
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Only two books this week but I've been bit rough, and the first one was (for me) fairly demanding. 'Venomous Lumpsucker' is unique in a way that only Ned Beauman's novels can be, a richly detailed systems novel that at times outpaces the reader. For me, his previous high-water marks were 'The Teleportation Accident' and 'Madness Is Better Than Defeat', but this doubles down on the multiple pile…
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