Blog / 2022

Christopher Fowler
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London
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Russell Jones is going to have a fight on his hands getting anyone to read his book for more than a few pages at a time; not that it isn't good, quite the reverse, but it's utterly depressing. 'The Decade in Tory' is not a chronicle of our noble politicians' activities by the privileged non-doms who own our press, but a catalogue of the behaviour of Conservative politicians on the steal. It's like…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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A huge subject with porous borders, there have been assemblies of writing on the fantastic for a century now. But if you're starting out and bewildered by where it all leads, this might help. I've separated off long-form fantasy, much of which can already be found on this site. Instead let's concentrate on readable chunks. Fantasy is everything that explores a possibility not covered by the…
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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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London
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While I was writing 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' it became clear that most of what I knew about the city was wrong. In any single story I investigated, the facts changed from decade to decade. Worse, they continue to change to the present day, so that I was rewriting sections right up until we went to print. Even the simplest and most accepted dates and locations were open to question. Part of…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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I remember early trips to the London Dungeon, especially when they had the terrifying Jabberwocky (a gigantic puppet used in the Terry Gilliam film) snarling inside a cave. It was a peculiar, vaguely disreputable experience that always felt a little unpredictable and dangerous - sadly now replaced with a tamer tourist attraction. I thought that the word 'experience' had taken on a new meaning in…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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(Most embarrassing Jubilee product tie-in this week: Krispy Kreme's pathetic memorial doughnut) I'm not braving the crowds to stare at an LED screen. I know I spent the Queen's Silver Jubilee on some kind of march in Windsor because there's an old photograph of me (tall and impossibly rangy, with long hair) outside a Windsor bookshop wearing a crown. I missed the gold and diamond events because I…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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Imagine writing a book on a subject that fascinates you - a famous sports ground, vintage cars, town planning, movie stars. You research it for years, write it, rewrite and edit and proof it, and after you've finished and the book has just gone to press you discover that a new piece of information - one that's crucial to the story - has come to light for the very first time. This new information…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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'Take Every Englishman And Twist Him By The Neck' I spend far too much of my time in London's tube system. From the age of two I'd been taken on tube trains at regular intervals (although my mother had preferred the old trams) and by my eighth year I was on them by myself. At sixty I got my official Old Person's pass to go wherever I liked on the system at no cost, but there are still stations…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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Where is all this new money coming from? For a while London has returned to normal, so long as vaccination can be provided in a continuous rollout cycle. We're free to choose whether we want to mask and distance. My neighbourhood remains wary thanks to its large population of Chinese and Japanese students, for whom masking is second nature. Londoners learned to be vigilant about terrorism but it…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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When it came to positioning the next Bryant & May book, I and the Transworld team faced a dilemma; 'Bryant & May's Peculiar London' is neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, but it has all of the characters you'd expect in a B&M adventure. Nor was it a guide book. Its contents are impossible to catalogue and its tone is conversational rather than instructive. In fact, I'd argue that…
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