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Christopher Fowler
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When I began my first memoir, 'Paperboy', about craving books and growing up in a home without them, I faced a problem. I had kept notebooks filled with fiction but never wrote down what actually happened within our family. The reason is clear to me now; I felt more comfortable inside a fantastical world than writing about my parents' disastrous, violent marriage. Having a terrible memory, I tried…
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Christopher Fowler
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I've been granted leave of absence by my doctors so I'm off to Madrid for the weekend to see my oldest friend, who has been restricted for a very long time by one of the toughest lockdowns in the world. The thought of fresh sights thrills me to the core. As much as I love my flat I've seen a little too much of it lately. I'm in the sweet spot wherein my infusions are still working and I feel the…
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Christopher Fowler
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That's what a publisher told me, paraphrasing the experimental author BS Johnson, who used that as the title of his own memoir - so how come I ended up writing two volumes of them? What happened was this. I'd been thinking of writing about growing up in a house virtually without books, in the style of Nigel Slater's 'Toast', in which he writes about growing up wanting to be a chef in a house where…
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Christopher Fowler
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After that quick dip into slang the other day I got to thinking about an even more peculiar habit than that of using slang. We evolve language, we play with it - anyone who has seen the wholesome-yet-highly-peculiar 'Pitch Perfect' films will be familiar with the oddball spin you can put on teen talk - but the British have always used euphemism and understatement, from the deliberate underselling…
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Christopher Fowler
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A few days ago my mother passed away. It had not been as unexpected as her choice of music for the funeral ('Happy Talk' from 'South Pacific' - the musicals gene being carried on my mother's side). We're not a very materialistic family - I have a handful of photographs and memories, some of which which I'd set down in 'Paperboy', my memoir about my childhood. Leafing through it, I lifted out these…
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Christopher Fowler
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A question: Do you want to try and get rich or do you want to be satisfied? Surprisingly, there are many writers who still believe that this is even a viable choice. Nobody who's creative can 'decide' to get rich. Many writers who set out with supposedly killer hooks for their books quickly come a cropper. Fashions evolve but the public taste twitches back and forth almost week by week, and it's…
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Christopher Fowler
Obviously, old titles get re-used (particularly if they have words like 'die' or 'kill' in them) but it seems over the years people have used titles I've created with alarming regularity. Here are some of them: Disturbia - My version: Young couple trapped in commuter town take revenge on neighbours. Their version: Awful teen US remake of 'Rear Window'. Psychoville: My version Rich and poor…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
I think you'll like this story. It's also true. In 'Paperboy' (just reissued with an updated cover mentioning my award-win) I spoke about childhood books. There was one particular book that intrigued me. It was the fantasy 'Where The Rainbow Ends', a book considered ideal for every young child's bedroom. One illustration showed a girl being yanked into a shadowy forest by homunculi with razor…
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Christopher Fowler
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Thanks to Transworld's continued enthusiasm and my Green Carnation award - plus complaints from those of you who couldn't find it - 'Paperboy' is making a comeback. The book is being reprinted at the moment, and will be back in shops very shortly. Hopefully it'll be a Christmas stocking filler, you know, like Jeremy Clarkson's Big Book Of Veiled Racist Jokes. It's also now available as an Audio…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Green Carnation longlist surprised me for containing two of my books - pushing my luck, surely? But I'm thrilled that Paperboy has made it through to the shortlist now. The other contenders are succinctly summed up on Savidgereads.wordpress.com as follows; 'God Says No for putting you into the mind set of someone I never thought I could understand and enraging you and making you laugh out loud…
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