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The Husband
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Hurrah! I finally plucked up the courage to read my copy of Word Monkey at our favourite spot on the beach in Barcelona. It's taken me a long time to get to this point but I felt the time was right. It was a very emotional read, but it was so nice to 'hear' his voice on the page. I'm reminded of just how sharp his brain was despite Chris finishing it only two months before he died. So much…
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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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Kenneth Williams: 'Raining again, I see.' Tony Hancock: (After a considerable pause) 'Oh, so that's what's making the roads wet.' I felt less horrible than normal, I told myself this morning. Today was the day I'd go for a walk. Now, this is a big deal for me. The challenge starts when I leave the flat and negotiate two flights of stairs to reach the lift. But I had an incentive; there are dozens…
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Christopher Fowler
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Russell Jones is going to have a fight on his hands getting anyone to read his book for more than a few pages at a time; not that it isn't good, quite the reverse, but it's utterly depressing. 'The Decade in Tory' is not a chronicle of our noble politicians' activities by the privileged non-doms who own our press, but a catalogue of the behaviour of Conservative politicians on the steal. It's like…
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Christopher Fowler
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A huge subject with porous borders, there have been assemblies of writing on the fantastic for a century now. But if you're starting out and bewildered by where it all leads, this might help. I've separated off long-form fantasy, much of which can already be found on this site. Instead let's concentrate on readable chunks. Fantasy is everything that explores a possibility not covered by the…
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Christopher Fowler
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London & Media
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There was a terrific turnout last night for the 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' event on board the dry-docked replica of Sir Francis Drake's flagship at London Bridge, even if we all nearly knocked ourselves unconscious on the beam ceilings, raised up these days, so I can't imagine how low the rooms must once have been. Organiser Stephen Haskins hit me with some great interview questions…
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Christopher Fowler
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While I was writing 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' it became clear that most of what I knew about the city was wrong. In any single story I investigated, the facts changed from decade to decade. Worse, they continue to change to the present day, so that I was rewriting sections right up until we went to print. Even the simplest and most accepted dates and locations were open to question. Part of…
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Christopher Fowler
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I remember early trips to the London Dungeon, especially when they had the terrifying Jabberwocky (a gigantic puppet used in the Terry Gilliam film) snarling inside a cave. It was a peculiar, vaguely disreputable experience that always felt a little unpredictable and dangerous - sadly now replaced with a tamer tourist attraction. I thought that the word 'experience' had taken on a new meaning in…
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Christopher Fowler
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(Most embarrassing Jubilee product tie-in this week: Krispy Kreme's pathetic memorial doughnut) I'm not braving the crowds to stare at an LED screen. I know I spent the Queen's Silver Jubilee on some kind of march in Windsor because there's an old photograph of me (tall and impossibly rangy, with long hair) outside a Windsor bookshop wearing a crown. I missed the gold and diamond events because I…
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Christopher Fowler
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Imagine writing a book on a subject that fascinates you - a famous sports ground, vintage cars, town planning, movie stars. You research it for years, write it, rewrite and edit and proof it, and after you've finished and the book has just gone to press you discover that a new piece of information - one that's crucial to the story - has come to light for the very first time. This new information…
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