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Christopher Fowler
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'Riceyman Steps' by Arnold Bennett (1923) is a tough read, being relentlessly downbeat until a faint ray of light at the close. It concerns the final year in the life of Henry, who keeps a second-hand bookshop in Clerkenwell area (the steps are still there although most of the houses have gone - they used to be known as the 'Plum Pudding Steps' - no-one seems to know why). Henry marries Violet, a…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
My picture shows Percy Circus, a quiet, rather picturesque circus in my neighbourhood. When I wrote 'Bryant & May On The Loose', I invented very little about the book's location. Even the tunnel that features at the climax is supposed to be there. The trouble is, nobody's quite sure where. The problem is Merlin's Cave. It's disappeared. I know there used to be a Merlin pub and a Merlin Street…
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