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Christopher Fowler
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It began with my former creative partner, the other half of my brain; unreconstructed and shamelessly old-fashioned, usually right about everything, motto; 'The world would be a better place if everyone did what I told them.' And generally speaking it would have been. The physical embodiment of Arthur Bryant, whom no-one dares to call by his first name except John May and occasionally, Janice…
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Rosa Lysandrou thrashed the duster at Bryant. 'Why must you always be like this? Why?' 'Oh, because the world is a dark and lonely place and it's fun. Cast your mind back, Rosa. You remember fun. That night on the fairground waltzer in 1983 when the handsome young lad with the gypsy eyes rode the back of your carriage and said to your girlfriend, 'You can go free but your mate has to pay'.' She…
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In 'Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour' I've punctuated the chapters with chunks of the speeches Arthur Bryant gives as a London tour guide, and it made me wonder if I should write a 'Bryant & May Guide to London' at some point. It would have to include lots of pointless, peculiar and abstruse information of course, and could well turn out to be more exhausting to write than the average B&M novel, but…
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Christopher Fowler
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When I started the Bryant & May series, somewhat by accident, I was still a 'cult' author (ie. popular in a tiny number of bookshops near universities or within a three mile radius of the wrong side of Leicester Square) known for my dark and saucy 'edge', whatever that is. I was photographed against gothic windows or brutalist architectural slabs looking mean, or in white boxes. A lot of white…
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Christopher Fowler
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Bryant & May 12; The Burning Man, or Bryant & May and the Burning Man, if you prefer - it makes no odds - has been an utter delight for me to write, and in many ways feels like the most rounded volume yet, even though the ending may prove a tad upsetting for some. My publisher, Transworld, is so pleased that it is fast-tracking the book from its original launch date of November 5th in order to get…
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Christopher Fowler
Further to the post about Arthur Bryant writing in the Daily Telegraph in 1953, reader Marc sets me on the trail of the gentleman himself, who turns out to be a knight. According to Wikipedia: Sir Arthur Wynne Morgan Bryant, CH, CBE (18 February 1899 — 22 January 1985) was a British historian and a columnist for the Illustrated London News. His books included studies of Samuel Pepys, accounts of…
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Christopher Fowler
Some authors wax lyrical about the process of writing and speak of scenes coming alive and characters leaping off the page. I've always been allergic to that kind of talk, and in fact rarely discuss my personal methods at all. But something happened yesterday that I wanted to share, because to me this is the essence of writing. I'm halfway through the ninth Bryant & May novel, 'The Memory Of Blood…
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