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This just arrived at Fowler Towers. I am beyond excited. It's out July 22nd. There WILL be signed first edition giveaways. As you were.
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Christopher Fowler
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How woke should a fictional crime series be? The recent term for the old awareness formerly known as 'PC', and before that 'cool' and before that 'hip', has been so absorbed into the mainstream that many entertainment products now feel as if they exist on one side of the line or the other. Thumbing through my old DVD collection - which I can't get rid of because most of my films exist on no…
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Christopher Fowler
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What can I tell you about the upcoming Bryant & May novel that doesn't give the whole game away? Almost nothing, it turns out, except that it's the longest, and the last. It's long because I wanted to tell a bigger story, and the last because I don't know if I'll be able to finish another one. The book explains why London could not have existed without London Bridge, and the plot comes full circle…
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Christopher Fowler
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There are questions people in every profession ask each other. Apparently when actors who have played King Lear meet each other the first question is always, 'How heavy was your Cordelia?' Ours is, 'Are you still writing those...' along with a heavy implication that you should have given it up years ago. WS Gilbert's fiancée asked him to give up the Savoy operas and concentrate on something he'd…
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Christopher Fowler
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...and have only yourselves to blame. For several years now you've been asking me to write a Bryant & May London guide, and now seems the perfect time to do it. I've been able to visit a great many buildings without the impediments of traffic and tourists. Originally I had baulked at the idea simply because there are so many London books out there that the city has its own shelf in bookshops. I…
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Christopher Fowler
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In the new baby name polls of 2020 for the UK, parents have gone traditional with Oliver, Harry, George, Edward, Noah and Arthur (hurrah!) back in vogue. Of course, the Victorians were prepared to experiment with names like Isambard and Brilliant, but in times of uncertainty we move back into our comfort zones. However, last week I had a bit of a shock. As you all know, I choose the names Bryant &…
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Christopher Fowler
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Could I actually get Bryant & May to be the longest running mystery novel series? No, sadly, though quantity should never beat out quality. I've been trying to draw up a list of detectives with longevity, but it's hard to figure out. I should comfortably pass R Austin Freeman at 21 Dr Thorndyke books and Holmes doesn't count as there were only four novels. But Gladys Mitchell managed 66 Mrs…
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Christopher Fowler
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My piece on the confusing numbering system of the Bryant & May books threw up more questions than answers, so I thought I'd take time to address them properly here. There are four other books in which Bryant & May appear, 'Rune', 'Soho Black' (in which they solve a very PCU-like mystery) and two others which completely escape me for the moment. I'm not sure both were published. I'm a bit…
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Christopher Fowler
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Sadly the US publication of 'Oranges & Lemons' has had to be moved back slightly because the American printers were hit by COVID and everything is delayed. It'll be available at the start of January. The confusion concerning the order and numbering of the Bryant & May books has been going on for years now. I thought it was all very clear-cut, but it appeared to cause puzzlement with publishers and…
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Christopher Fowler
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It began with my former creative partner, the other half of my brain; unreconstructed and shamelessly old-fashioned, usually right about everything, motto; 'The world would be a better place if everyone did what I told them.' And generally speaking it would have been. The physical embodiment of Arthur Bryant, whom no-one dares to call by his first name except John May and occasionally, Janice…
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