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Happy new year! At long last I can unveil the new website we've been working on over the past six months. All of Chris's books are listed, together with: quotes from critics, links to reviews and options to purchase on Amazon. There are a number of options to sort the Bryant & May series including a recommended reading order for new readers. We've kept the blog archive for anyone who wants to read…
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Men On Ink When I was putting together the complete short stories (1984-now) my new young editor, who often looked worried, eyed the vast number of pages with trepidation. Some of the stories were nearly four decades old. 'There's nothing in these pages that's going to come back and bite me in the arse, is there?' he asked. I thought about it and decided that, perhaps beyond a couple of…
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Captain's bridge here. Supply chain problems are causing gaps in your regular blog service, I'm afraid. Thanks to an unexpected downturn in productivity (inflammation of the liver requiring a complex new drug regime) three jokes a page are being rationed to two, the cost of sarcasm has risen prohibitively and a number of less familiar writers' tools like litotes and zeugma will be unavailable…
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There weren't any. I mean, let's be honest. We'd be better off listing the least worst things, but even their most shining moments were tarnished. Why didn't the good people of London Town drag 'Spaffy' de Pfeffel Johnson out by his fat little ear and shut him in the stocks? Because we need people with conviction, knowledge and morals to stand up and be counted, not sarcasm on on Twitter. So…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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