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Christopher Fowler
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Some while back I gave a talk about forgotten authors in Sheffield. I'm not sure I've published it before, probably not in this form. It may be of passing interest only, but here it is; Once there were popular novels almost everyone owned. Mum had Georgette Heyer, Dad had Eric Ambler, kids had Billy Bunter and Malory Towers and the Borrowers. They were the books that shaped imaginations and became…
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Many, many books are written by outsiders. Writing is a solitary, strange occupation, and writing well requires enormous willpower and single-mindedness. It occupies writers' minds and possesses them. There is a constant need to improve, yet I can open a cheap crime novel from the 1940s and find better writing than I am capable of producing, so there is always a goal above this one, and a goal…
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Christopher Fowler
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In 'The Book of Forgotten Authors' I wrote about discovering just how many of Alfred Hitchcock's films and TV shows were based on stories he had optioned, but there was another side to him that I did not have space to touch upon in that book. After numerous successful films Hitchcock's career switched tracks in the 1950s, and because he was in at the birth of television with a very specific kind…
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Christopher Fowler
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Christmas is approaching - it's the time from which writers theoretically derive most of their earnings. This isn't usually the case for me because my books tend to be published in spring and autumn. I don't have the weight to punch through the scrum of summer holiday/ Christmas publications. This year and next year, however, I've something very close to Christmas arrivals. The new paperback…
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Christopher Fowler
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When 'The Book of Forgotten Authors' was heading to paperback, the editor and I realised that some changes would have to be made from the hardback; a year would have passed, and some of the authors were starting to get republished. Occasionally this was a direct consequence of the new attention the author was receiving, sometimes we merely added to a growing awareness of that writer, and sometimes…
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Christopher Fowler
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I hope you'll forgive me for banging the drum about forgotten authors again this week, but the paperback came out a few days ago, now updated and with new material, and I feel I should do a spot of advertising. Regulars, stand down. So, in case you're new here, this is my most recent non-fiction book, about the forgotten authors who wrote the popular paperbacks that became touchstones in our lives…
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Christopher Fowler
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Here it comes, on October 3rd - the snappy paperback version of 'The Book of Forgotten Authors'. But the stories of 99 missing authors are now the stories of 100. I've revised the hardback, updating it with any publication changes that have happened in the one-year interim between the editions, and decided to add a new section. One thing that concerned Rich, the editor, and myself was the question…
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Christopher Fowler
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'Sunday For Seven Days' - that's what it used to say on cinema trailers. I'm aiming to spread the work over a rather lengthier time frame. First up this year will be the paperback version of 'The Book of Forgotten Authors' in October, and I believe it's going to contain some extra material that wasn't in the hardback. More news about that as I get it. Then in March (it all seems to far away but I…
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Christopher Fowler
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I still search for reasons why men aren't reading fiction, and wonder if the time-consuming habit of box set bingeing has made a difference. Apart from the vast difference between enjoying prose and watching images, is watching the whole of 'The Night Manager' different to reading the novel in one sitting? How does anyone find the time to read a book in a day? Reading Eric Ambler at the moment, I…
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Christopher Fowler
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In Richard Hughes's 'A High Wind In Jamaica', some British children living in the Caribbean survive a hurricane and are sent back to England, but are captured by pirates. It's an adventure about children, but certainly not aimed at them. Because in a turnabout, it's the pirates who have to be afraid…it's a haunting book you can't easily forget. James Hadley Chase supposedly wrote the whole of 'No…
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