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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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Free at last. No more hospitals for now. Apart from the unappealing carrot of another experimental trial (this one with even lower survival odds and half of it placebos) happening at the other end of the city there's nothing else, so I'm letting nature take its course. This doesn't automatically mean I'm going to vanish overnight, and my most fervent wish is to stay well enough for at least part…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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‘ Where was the busload of nuns you ran off the road in a past life that caused you to get this shit?’ asked my friend Roger. He was referring to my holiday text. After receiving the devastating news that my life was not being renewed for another season, I had taken off for the coast of Turkey to find The Husband, who was disembarking a boat and heading to a secluded (ie middle of nowhere) hotel…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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I was very touched to see the comments to this column. I’m lucky to have some of the very kindest readers. I had written the piece out of necessity. When I sat down to look at the jumble of short stories, articles and novels I’d left on my laptop I had an epiphany; Ie. ‘This lot is going to continue rolling onwards whether or not I’m around. Shit.’ I had publishers working out their future timings…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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As part of my life laundry, I'm attempting to be more selective in my viewing/ reading and therefore getting rid of anything that has dated badly. Or in the case of Spike Milligan's 'Q' shows (a very long-running anarchic comedy sketch series), very badly indeed, with its comedy blackface and sexism not really making up for its rampant peculiarity. In many cases I'm opening boxes filled with DVDs…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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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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Reading & Writing
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'Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?' This old chestnut crops up from experts and amateurs alike, and with such regularity that the creation of any work of fiction is clearly a source of continuing interest. Whether you relish the planning process or prefer to throw all your cards in the air and see what lands, you still need to be inspired by something. For me, sometimes it's about fulfilling a…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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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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Books
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In fiction you can take your reader on the most fantastical journeys providing you give them something to believe in at the outset. When this doesn't happen you end up with MCU movies, which are based on old comics from the 1960s/1970s and have very little to do with reality. When 'Spiderman' began, the main character, Peter Parker, was a believable young student and budding photographer. What on…
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Christopher Fowler
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Media
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One of the biggest challenges I've faced since my prognosis has been dealing with the loss of my super powers, like walking in a straight line, standing on one leg for more than three seconds and not tripping over a toothpick. My father, a short Norman Wisdom-like man, fell over his own feet all the time and would glance angrily back at the pavement after, looking to place the blame, which was…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
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We have reached Peak Sap. The longest day. The shortest night. The summer solstice. The highest point of fertility, after which the sun's energy begins to wane and must be given a helping hand by the people of Catalunia, who celebrate this date each year with the night of fire in honour of St Joan, as they've been doing for 500 years. They do so with fire, water and herbs, representing purity…
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