Cover of Word Monkey by Christopher Fowler

Word Monkey is here

The Husband

Hurrah!  I finally plucked up the courage to read my copy of Word Monkey at our favourite spot on the beach in Barcelona.  It's taken me a long time to get to this point but I felt the time was right.  It was a very emotional read, but it was so nice to 'hear' his voice on the page.  I'm reminded of just how sharp his brain was despite Chris finishing it only two months before he died.  So much literary knowledge spilled out onto the page.  His memory really was phenomenal.  The other half of the book is funny, sad and moving all at the same time.  It was a hard but good read. I really hope you like it.

The husband

PS There are also two more books still to come.  Chris’s big epic, Foot on the Crown will be out in the Spring of 2024. His editor describes it as, “Filled with myths reimagined, legends retold, seductions, executions, deceits, betrayals and perhaps, just perhaps, a little hope, Chris’ final novel is a mischievously imaginative, utterly compelling collision of genres – a fantastical historical or a historical fantasy (the reader must choose) about the ‘dark age’ of the city that is the beating heart of so much of his writing: London.”

The very last book will be a collection of all his short stories sometime in 2025.  So still a lot of other good Chris storytelling to look forward to!

I've also been doing a lot of work on Chris's website to bring it up to date with all his latest books and a whole new look.  The blog archive will still be there to delve into, and we're adding links to a lot of his interviews as well as a few other things.  I'm hoping it will be ready in the next week or so...


Martin Tolley (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:39

Thank you Pete for doing some maintenance and updating the blog. I’m sure all the previous callers-in here will appreciate that. I hope you’re getting through things – all my best wishes to you sir.
I’ve just downloaded Word Monkey …. no work for me for a couple of days at least.

Jennifer (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:40

So glad the book has finally appeared. I can’t wait to spend more hours with Chris. Thank you, Pete, for all you are doing to preserve Chris’s legacy, and all you did to care for him over the years.

Alan Robson (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:42

Thank you, Pete — you’re doing a magnificent job. I’m reading Word Monkey and loving it. It’s making me laugh and it’s making me cry. Chris was a wonderful writer.

Very best wishes

Pete (aka The … (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:42

I would love to know what you all think of Word Monkey once you’ve read it. PS don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon….

Glasgow1975 (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:43

I have instructed my mother to order it for Xmas. She has confirmed her local bookshop has ordered it in for her(me). I still can’t bring myself to read Peculiar London yet…

Maeve (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:43

Thank you so much for updating the blog. Every morning I used to check the blog and enjoy his latest post with my first coffee. I really miss that. I’ve just read Word Monkey and it is fabulous. I’m stunned that anyone who was going through such tough cancer treatment could produce such a wonderful book: a book that feels like a perfect reflection of who he was and what he loved. It’s so funny. It’s full of fascinating information. It’s given me lots of books and authors to follow up on. And it’s so so sad. I want to tell Christopher how brilliant the book is and it’s so wrong that I can’t. So I’ll tell anyone else who will listen!

JB (not verified) Tue, 28/11/2023 - 21:44

Thank you.
I have just finished Word Monkey. What a book. Magnificent.
Great piece, by you, in today’s Guardian.
I wish you all the best.

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