The Bryant & May Referendum

Bryant and May


Referendums are all the rage these days, the trick being to abide by the results even when they’re not what you expected and the result is discovering that your country may just have been well and truly boned, so I have one for you. It concerns an idea for a Bryant & May book. Quite a few of you have been asking for a period-set novel.

I’m thinking of placing it in 1969, at the end of the ‘Swinging London’ era. Truth be told it might work just as well in the present day, but there are some advantages – no mobile phones, no internet, great fashions, knowing period humour – although I would not be able to use other characters. I thought it would be nice to have a change of pace, and I could have a lot of fun with our detectives as younger men.

I’ve written B&M short stories set in the past, and two novels – ‘Full Dark House’ is the origin story, and ‘Seventy Seven Clocks’ was set in 1974. Also, part of the graphic novel, ‘The Severed Claw’, was set in Swinging London against the opening of the Post Office Tower (as it was then called) and it feels like a fun time to return to.

Setting a book in the past would also give me a break from dealing with the various ongoing crises unfolding at the PCU in the present day. I also believe in refreshing things with surprises every few books. But I think ultimately the decision will lie with you. This novel is to be called ‘Hall of Mirrors’ and would come after next year’s ‘Wild Chamber’. Now the call is yours.

62 comments on “The Bryant & May Referendum”


    Hi Chris,
    Would have been a yes from me,Just got back from hols.
    all best

  2. Martin Gore says:

    Yes, yes, yes and, what’s this I spy down the back of the sofa….. Yes, more yes! I don’t think that you could ever really run out of B&M stories to tell, they’ve been around so long. I’ve been longing for some stories from their younger days/early years. Go on, you know you want to 😉

  3. Renee Hammack says:

    Oh yes! Please do! I quite enjoy the younger years.

  4. Porl says:

    yes yes yes!!! colour telly would be high tech! (with no one able to afford them yet!)

  5. Ian R Harvey says:

    Hey Chris, a story from ’60’s London would not only attract UK readers but would draw in North American readers as well. We love the rich British icons from that era. Would Arthur dig The Beatles or The Rolling Stones ? Nai

  6. Sue D says:

    Oh yes…and I’m of an age to appreciate those years. My first trip to London was in 1972.

  7. Alistair says:

    A great 60s idea and personally I would love to also see how May particularly got on during glam rock and punk in the 70s

  8. Andrea yang says:

    Yes please your period novel sounds great. You might need a glossary for 6os slang for your American readers?

  9. MI says:

    I vote yes! It would be exciting to experience Bryant and May — and London — during that time in history.

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  11. Mo says:

    Any chance we can learn more about Longbright’s mother? Janice is a favourite character of mine. I’m guessing that her mother is just as interesting.

  12. admin says:

    Mo, Gladys had a book to herself! Help Mo out, anyone?

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