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Christopher Fowler
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In 'Film Freak' I recounted this anecdote; A girl I knew, Amber, specialised in performing pantomimes in old folks’ homes. In one such place in Sevenoaks she played Cinderella. During the intermission she waited in full ball gown costume at the foot of the stage because there were no changing rooms, and a very old lady approached her. ‘I know who you are,’ said the old lady, pointing at her…
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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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Forgive the plugs this week, but you can always skip this post. The updated Film Freak paperback has got off to a flying start and here's what the critics have to say about it so far... 'Film Freak is a homage to pre-digital cinema, an elegy for the vanishing London of almost half a century ago, and a tribute to friendship, gonzo-style. Two thumbs up for this triple-billing.' — Financial Times…
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Christopher Fowler
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The cover is soft and silky, the innards have a new extra libel-cleared chapter - and the paperback is out now! In fact, I'm reading extracts from it all over town at the moment. What started out as a labour of love turned into something oddly different, and I'm thrilled that it's doing so well. Who knew there were so many Film Freaks out there? I had intended to write a book about English film…
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Christopher Fowler
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The first review is in and it's a stonker - here. (The computer auto-corrected that to 'stinker'. Everyone's a critic.) 'was so smitten with this book that I read it through from cover to cover in one sitting,' says the reviewer. That's better than a poke in the eye.
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Christopher Fowler
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Oooh, ooh, there's nothing as nice as getting the first copy of your new baby...'Film Freak' is rolling off the presses right now, with its sexy spot-gloss cover and my head stamped over Alec Guinness's body. It's a sort-of memoir that contains Mild Nudity, Lying Producers, Drunk Actors, references to Michael Winner and Lots of Foolishness. I'll be doing signings around town, and will post details…
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Christopher Fowler
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I've just finished proofing my scurrilous memoir about my career in the British film industry. This is the rough of the cover (I've now seen the final version, but don't have a copy of it). Most books about British films are rather earnest about popular cinema, and rarely link the experience to the times. I wanted to counteract that, but also to explore something I'd glimpsed in 'Paperboy' - the…
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Christopher Fowler
It's spreading like a virus, or possible a minor rash, but I've foolishly agreed to encourage an author round-robin that goes like this... The Next Big Thing works by getting an author to answer these ten questions on his blog. He then tags five authors to do so the week after. Which presumes the author knows five other writers, let alone five other human beings, which is normally unlikely…
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Christopher Fowler
[gallery orderby="post_date"] The thread on the last entry 'Don't Look Back' was hilarious, especially the way it morphed from Liv Tyler to Andy Murray, so I thought I should continue. The photos above span thirty years. (I think the one with Doug 'Pinhead' Bradley is on the shoot for our dentist horror short with Charlie Boorman.) The best part of ageing is the gradual return to invisibility -…
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Christopher Fowler
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When I delivered 'Paperboy' to Simon Taylor, my editor, he took it on the chin very bravely - I had just jumped genres yet again to turn out something entirely unexpected - a biography about a would-be writer growing up in a house without books. Much to my surprise - and everyone else's - the book became a modest hit. It was serialised in the Daly Mail and won a national award, and was reprinted…
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