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When I look back at these plots, I'm surprised more at what I didn't do with the series as much as what I did do. I didn't marry any of the leading characters off, I didn't write plots about drugs, pedophilia or trafficking and I didn't use loads of Anglo-Saxon swears. Not for any prudish reasons, you understand, but to avoid the ubiquity of clichés. 6. THE VICTORIA VANISHES In Which Mr May Goes…
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Christopher Fowler
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Following on from recent discussions of plots, it occurred to me that I hadn't ever bothered to publish my own guide to the 21 plots of the Bryant & May books (they're probably lurking on another part of the site covered in cobwebs), so here in four parts follows your guide to what's what between the covers. I create plot guides in various versions, from the longest one that I use to guide myself…
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Christopher Fowler
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A reader recently asked me why the Bryant & May novels are 'so London-centric'. The short answer is that the characters were born there, and so was I. On average people live 37 miles from where they were born, with one in four people owning their final property within a five mile radius of their childhood home. When my fictional detectives Arthur Bryant and John May were young their wages would…
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Christopher Fowler
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The pitch was this: 'Instead of a traditional Bryant & May novel, what if I used my knowledge of London to have the detectives talk about the city's history, along with their guests, Janice, Colin, Meera, Maggie Armitage and a host of others?' I thought there would be resistance to the idea and approached the subject with trepidation, b ut it seems to have gone down really well so far. Here's an…
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Christopher Fowler
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How are they back? I hear you ask. Has he cheated us? No, I haven't. For 20 books, London has been a central character in the Bryant & May series, so I decided that the detectives' next investigation should be of London itself. And that this investigation has been going on - in a sort of louche way - for the last twenty years. After all, the nation’s oldest serving detectives have spent a lifetime…
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Christopher Fowler
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When I started writing seriously in the late 1970s, thrillers about the supernatural were riding a huge wave of popularity. Stephen King's slim volume, 'Carrie' (which showed he was a brilliant conceptualist and could write succinctly, if not elegantly) was a wonderful idea improved by the fortuitous arrival of director Brian de Palma, whose screen version is both populist and experimental. It…
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Christopher Fowler
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'My (insert aged relative of choice) loves your books.' I first noticed a problem when I went back to check on a character's name in Book 12 of my Bryant & May novels. The character was using a Blackberry. These devices have now officially deceased; nothing dates faster than technology. I flicked back through earlier books. A Fax machine turned up along with DVDs, CDs, flash drives and things…
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Christopher Fowler
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This year, the usual festive Christmas hamper at Fowler Towers is being replaced by a Turkey Meal-For-One, after which Admin will retire to his room with a copy of 'Bleak House' (cf. Hancock's Half Hour: 'Christmas will be just like any other day in this house - dead miserable.') I had been wondering what more could go wrong this year when the lift to our sixth floor apartment broke down and…
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Christopher Fowler
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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…
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Closure is so satisfying Well, the old boys began at death's door and somehow remained there for twenty books, but regular readers know why this has happened. The side effects of my failed chemo, combined with a truly bizarre sequence of global events, have conspired to imprison me at home and push my stress levels through the roof. But when it comes to explaining the series' end there's a bit…
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