Monthly Archives: February 2011

Re:View – ‘Company’

London and New York share a special relationship when it comes to Stephen Sondheim. The two cities may snipe about who’s top dog, but Sondheim productions which start here have a habit of ending up there. This is probably because of the way he is re-interpreted by London directors, who feel less inclined to treat […]

Thin Genius

Behold the above book. It is the size and weight of a paving stone. It is also unreadably bad, and all those involved in its publishing should all be shot. It is not a particularly long book, but being badly written it feels very long indeed. It has lots of fat white pages to pad […]

‘Celebrity’ – What Happened Next

I wrote the play ‘Celebrity’ because I thought the time was right. There’s an embarrassing national obsession with celebrity. As someone who’s worked with a few I can say that you never get to know them, and it’s generally not very interesting waiting around for somebody famous to stop being unpleasant. Stars generally divide into […]

The Mystery Of Writing

As great jobs go, it’s right up there with wicker repair and stoat breeding. Tell someone you’re a writer and you often get answers of a pitying ‘That’s nice for you’ variety. I don’t talk much about ‘Why I Write’ mainly because we all do it differently. But a conversational exchange caught my attention recently […]

Re:View – ‘Frankenstein’

Danny Boyle has recognised a key element in the Frankenstein myth in his dazzling new production at the National Theatre – it’s the only horror novel that has always appealed to women. In the pursuit of science, the Baron can’t relate to anything as natural as love and procreation, ultimately proving himself less human than […]

Park Yourself Here

Yesterday was totally glorious in London (we pay for it today, with impenetrable mist), so I spent the morning researching and walked across Hyde Park, which I always have to remember is a bloody sight bigger than it appears. In fact, it’s bigger than the Principality of Monaco, which still makes it slightly smaller than […]

Throw Those Old Photos Out Now!

Turning out a cupboard to make space for yet more books, I came across this picture of myself and the estimable Barry Forshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of British Crime Writing and The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Biography of Stieg Larsson. Barry was going through his ‘Village People’ moustache phase, but then I […]

The Real Maggie Armitage, White Witch

I know this should really be on the new Bryant & May website, but I’ve just finished writing ‘The Casebook Of Bryant & May 1: The Soho Devil’ – which will be the title of my first Bryant & May graphic novel with ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Commando’ artist Keith Page, and he asked me what white […]

The Peculiar Crimes Unit Opens For Business

We’re open! The Peculiar Crimes Unit, home of Arthur Bryant & John May, is up and running in a new website that will cover all Bryant & May cases and information about writing the books and what’s happening next. There will still be information about the detectives on this site, which covers all of my […]

The Return Of The Chippy

There’s an old cliche that the English always hated spicy food, and were bad cooks. The latter idea largely stems from the Second World War, when American GIs were stationed in the UK and found themselves living with rationing. After the war, worried that there were people who weren’t getting regular hot meals, the government […]