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Christopher Fowler
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Fret not, for 'The Foot on the Crown' (official title) will be published, although now you have me thinking about splitting it into two volumes. I never write long, which makes me suspicious that I had too much fun with this - probably more than the average reader can stand. (Not, dear fellows, that I would consider any of you average.) What held me up for so long was that I revealed the novel's…
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Christopher Fowler
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Remember the Friday Song? I ran it for years in an attempt to break tradition with writers' blogs and make them a little more fun. Well, I think we need it now. So here are the delightful Reta Shaw and Eddie Foy Jr proving they can still cut a rug and put the young 'uns to shame.
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Christopher Fowler
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I've just put a title to Chapter 81. 'Nuns At War'. This is my seventh draft of The Epic. It didn't start out as that. I must be insane. What happened was. Back in oh, probably the nineties, I wrote a short story called 'Tales of Britannica Castle'. It became a favourite of the more - let's say 'loyal' - of my readers. They pressed me to write another, so I wrote a sequel. The pair of stories…
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Christopher Fowler
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'Word Monkey', my third and final memoir, will be about writing - not about how you become a debut author but what you do next, and next after that. It's something few people are prepared to discuss. We always hear about the muse and the imagination but rarely about making a living in this peculiar fashion. But it's also about writers, reading, friends, family and how events can hijack your best…
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Christopher Fowler
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I'm working on the final part of my trilogy-memoir 'Word Monkey' today, and therefore thinking about writing. A surprising amount of popular fiction is lazily, not to say badly, written. Want to write a quick bestseller? Try putting it in first person/present tense and you can get around the need for eloquence or better still, any research. Write only about your emotions and you'll never need to…
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Christopher Fowler
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(My photo shows the cemetery where most of my family is buried) I've been blogging since (I think) 2006, starting on the site that preceded this one. It might have been earlier - the old site was far more complex and had revolving views of nighttime London built on Flash (remember that?), but was too difficult for some readers to load, so I eventually simplified the site. Since that time social…
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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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Hullo there. I put my glasses down a minute ago and now I can't find them. I've been asked by Transworld, who are publishing 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' in July, to say something about the capital's places and its people that we can be proud of (not the lad above, thankfully). What they mean is they're trying to save a few bob by getting me to do their publicity on the cheap. They know this…
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Christopher Fowler
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The pandemic encouraged people around the world to read more books than ever before. There have been some changes. Amazon is pushing audiobooks, where their profits are higher. Hardbacks have picked up sales and e-books have fallen since no longer being promoted by Amazon. But all the academic data I've read shows that the gender gap has grown considerably, with far fewer males of working age…
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Christopher Fowler
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How much of the times can you reflect? For most of the twentieth century the crime novel has been timeless, a place you could go where nothing much ever changed. Crime novels do reveal when they were written, of course. I instinctively place a pre- or post-war bracket on the older books I read. And current crime novels can largely be dated by their subject matter; sex trafficking, online…
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