A Song Puzzle & News Update
In the new Bryant & May novel ‘Hall of Mirrors’, the chapter headings feature song titles (this graphic courtesy of Twitter’s delightful @maliceafore) which are evocative of the nineteen sixties – the book is set at the end of that tumultuous decade as it overdoses on itself and declines.
To amuse myself I sometimes hide puzzles in the books – interestingly very few readers have called me out on them, although there were some knowing winks about the character Steffi Vesta. In ‘Hall of Mirrors’ the song titles have an anomaly, but I’m not telling you what it is. In the other novels I have squeezed in Dickens jokes, Shakespeare jokes, odd lines from old radio shows, character names from forgotten movies, you name it. This time the puzzle is pretty simple, but no-one has yet correctly guessed the answer (to be fair, the book is only just out).
Meanwhile, this website has now been properly updated. Try the links on the right and you’ll find the history of Bryant & May, lots of other books, my biography and a link to Penguin (it seems a bit slow but that’s Penguin’s end, not mine).
Coming up next is my podcast in mid-April on the charming podcast site Betterknown, in which writers select six things they wish were better known and one thing they wish was less well-known. Check them out in the above link.
I’ll be in Stratford-Upon-Avon for their literary festival on April 28th, where Oliver Teale and I will be discussing British authors who’ve gone off the map. Join us if you can – there’s no nicer time to go to Stratford. On June 1st I’ll be in Cardiff at their festival – more news on that a little nearer the time.
Meanwhile, if there’s anything you’d like to see covered in the blog, let me know and I’ll be happy to add new articles based on your suggestions.