Strange Tide Goes Out
So, last night we had the launch of ‘Strange Tide’ which my editor Simon Taylor thinks is the 13th book and I thought was the fifteenth. It turns out we were both wrong because it’s the fourteenth. I was counting ‘The Casebook of Bryant & May’, the lovely graphic novel by Keith Page, but apparently my own readers tell me that’s not allowed to be part of the canonical set!
The bash took place on Cromer Street in a cool bar restaurant called Casa Tua next door to a Dickensian pub called ‘The Boot’, which features in the closing chapter of the book for a very special reason. It’s also right around the corner from where Arthur Bryant lives, in a corner of Bloomsbury that is my favourite part but which is often overlooked. There’s an immense Catholic church and the slightly strange Mecklenburg Square, and a couple of extraordinarily Dickensian cut-throughs and alleyways. One day I’ll have to conduct a Bryant & May London Mysteries Tour around the area!
I wore a suit last night, which everyone seemed to think was particularly hilarious, and was able to catch up with some terrific writers including Rob Shearman, Lloyd Shepherd, Cathi Unsworth and Laura Wilson. The real Maggie Armitage was there, and as we were on Mr Bryant’s street it really did feel like a site-specific launch.
With the fourteenth *checks number of books again* volume out, plus a graphic novel, is a TV series any nearer? There’s the faintest possibility, as there’s now a very good script being read by networks, so we have to wait and see. meanwhile, for those who didn’t hear it, here’s Des Burkinshaw’s rather lovely theme music for a TV series that doesn’t yet exist…