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Christopher Fowler
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I've been aware of the problem for a very long time, but it wasn't something I could easily solve. All but one of my Bryant & May books are set in London. One the few that isn't is one of my favourites - 'White Corridor'. This bias of location occurs in my books from 'Roofworld' onwards, and it's easy to see why. Whether I was in my office or my home, a few paces took me outside to the capital's…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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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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Reading & Writing
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pyeople I type it again. pepople And again. peoytle Do you mean peyotl? people One word done. Onto the next. That's what it's like. Fatigue hits you like a wall. The Husband, who doesn't really believe that illness exists unless it's very visible, says that ME is a 'fake illness'. I know it's not because I watched it land a friend in hospital for several months. Well I don't have ME, just a…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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Where do policemen live? 999, Letsby Avenue. Obviously. British humour doesn't travel very well, much like most of our films. And if the film 'See How They Run', proves one thing, it's that the British don't make very good mainstream films anymore. We can manage the odd bit of intriguing arthouse ('The Wonder', 'Men') but flail about when it comes to populism. Richard Curtis is apparently still…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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We've often talked, you and I, about the tragic fate of the humorous novel (this is how I think of us, snuggled in front of the fire with a glass and a pile of books, not hunched over a laptop alone with a blanket over my knees because London is so fracking cold), but I'm going to be contentious now, in this small weird book-and-film corner of the inter-thing, because I've had an epiphany - I've…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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Anyone familiar with this blog will know by now that the autumn/winter season (I say winter, it's 17C here in London) is peppered with film reviews because it's movie preview time, when we get to check out all the non-comic-universe upcoming releases. I got out to an actual cinema again this week, under the watchful eye of the Husband, who made sure that I didn't fall face down into the road every…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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My agent and I agreed the other day that publishers are not listening to teen readers who turn to the largely free and vast resource of online fiction. After all, how do you begin to get a handle on it? Noël Coward, judgemental arch-snob, bullied his performers about preserving the clarity of language. He is well and truly buried now, his bon mots choked off by an avalanche of new writers for who…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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Benoit Blanc, the New Orleans detective essayed by Daniel Craig in the surprise hit 'Knives Out', channels his inner Foghorn Leghorn and has a hoot in its sequel 'Glass Onion', which is yes, an old Beatles song and also, literally, a very big glass onion. If the template last time was 'The Old Dark House' via 'Cluedo', this one owes a fair amount to Stephen Sondheim and his meticulous whodunnit…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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Hallowe'en Hell We don't do Hallowe'en well in this country. We're just not gung ho enough to embrace all of its American peculiarities, except in the suburbs. Nobody can be arsed to do what apparently every American resident does, ie, build hundred foot-tall orange singing plastic skeletons that breathe fire. Except, of course, we have Guy Fawkes in bonfire societies, which function like scabrous…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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Hallowe'en was possibly observed around the world, possibly for centuries, possibly not. Unlike other ceremonial events it has no confirmed pedigree, so all bets are off. In the same way that America successfully monetised Christmas in the 20th century it did the same with Hallowe'en, colour-coding it and providing a specific number of purchasable requirements. In the 80s I took a picture of a…
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