Blog / 2022

Christopher Fowler
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*Oops, that headline looks like it was written by Anne Elk, especially if you put 'Chris' after it. It was Noel Coward who commented on the potency of cheap music, touching on something that has always fascinated me. It applies to music, but as much to images and phrases that linger in the mind for days - or a lifetime. A grade Z movie, an obscure soundtrack, a barely remembered pop song. Why is…
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Christopher Fowler
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If You Enter The Ring, It'll Get Mucky Over the years I've told some true stories about journalists here and elsewhere, but I've always kept myself patient with them because I began my career (like most authors) connected to the press. Just as the fearless wade into the Facebook cesspool to pass on un-news, it's also possible to use social networks with decorum. Twitter (at the moment, at any rate…
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Christopher Fowler
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Witty writers fall into three groups; first there are those who set their stories within a recognisable world and pass comment upon its flaws. The most instantly graspable of these in my chemo-raddled brain is Tom Wolfe's super-zeitgeisty 'Bonfire of the Vanities', his brilliant satire on American society in the 1980s. Like other great social comedies it hinges around a single event that pulls at…
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Christopher Fowler
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London & Media
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There was a terrific turnout last night for the 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' event on board the dry-docked replica of Sir Francis Drake's flagship at London Bridge, even if we all nearly knocked ourselves unconscious on the beam ceilings, raised up these days, so I can't imagine how low the rooms must once have been. Organiser Stephen Haskins hit me with some great interview questions…
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Christopher Fowler
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As a writer of popular fiction (as opposed to literature) I keep myself familiar with other popular forms of entertainment. For this reason alone I sat through most of Netflix's most expensive film, 'The Gray (sic) Man', which comprised a parade of postcard European locations, firepower and exploding vehicles destroyed by cut-out characters in search of anything resembling a story. Apparently all…
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Christopher Fowler
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One of the biggest challenges I've faced since my prognosis has been dealing with the loss of my super powers, like walking in a straight line, standing on one leg for more than three seconds and not tripping over a toothpick. My father, a short Norman Wisdom-like man, fell over his own feet all the time and would glance angrily back at the pavement after, looking to place the blame, which was…
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Christopher Fowler
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Remember the Friday Song? I ran it for years in an attempt to break tradition with writers' blogs and make them a little more fun. Well, I think we need it now. So here are the delightful Reta Shaw and Eddie Foy Jr proving they can still cut a rug and put the young 'uns to shame.
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Christopher Fowler
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Books, Film & Media
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Slow Horses - Mick Herron A confession; I struggled with the first of Herron's Slough House books, thrown by its jocular tone, and decided to wait for the televised version instead. I'm glad I did, because the series seems different to what I read. Herron's natural joviality and quirkily dark sense of humour shone from the pages but - for me at least - left the plot a tad exposed as a reshuffle of…
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