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Christopher Fowler
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There's not been enough talk about books in these columns lately. Let's start to remedy that. Last week I was in a delightful old bookshop in Palma with a friend when the bookshop owner asked me, 'Are you famous?' Mischievously, I looked at my friend. 'Am I famous?' She considered the question. 'Well,' she said finally to the bookseller, 'he's known.' I was never mainstream enough to carry reader…
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Christopher Fowler
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Okay, so you've written your story, short or doorstop-length, and you no longer like the title you started out with, or maybe you never had one in the first place. What do you do? I know it may seem that I have it in for 'The Girl on the Train' (I have) but the one thing it had was a good title. At the very least it delivered on its title. People refer to Mervyn Peake's masterwork as 'Gormenghast'…
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Christopher Fowler
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Bryant & May
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I've been talking to readers a lot this spring, and one subject that kept returning was whether writers can work on many types of book, or if they should stay in one area. Crime was once a part of general fiction until genres separated out in bookshops, so that SF/horror, fantasy (and believe it or not 'Paranormal Romance', albeit mercifully briefly) all became genres. And writers either hop…
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Christopher Fowler
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Last week I had lunch in an Argentinian restaurant in Barcelona with the Sherlockian society. That may sound rather an esoteric thing to do, but within the context of the city's 'Freak Zone' it seemed a rather wonderful way to spend the afternoon, munching empanadas and wondering what Holmes got up to Europe. It turns out that thanks to writers Sergio Colomino Ruiz and Jordi Palome Garcia we now…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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An alarming idea today: Are readers and audiences now obeying demographics, which were once designed to categorise their tastes? It strikes me because, when I analyse successful entertainment (as all writers are prone to do) I can see a huge new change in our habits. Prior to the compartmentalisation of consumption, we enjoyed a book or a film simply because it was good. Now, with a few notable…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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The old rule of thumb is that you should have your females talking about something other than men. I've never had a problem with this; if anything, it's been hard to make them talk about men at all. I enjoy writing strong women. Many of the main characters in my books have been like June Cryer, the hero of 'Plastic', who goes from downtrodden housewife to vigilante - they're easier to take on a…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
This is about a book that begins like this: There's blood everywhere, and none of it's where it's supposed to be. On the carpet. On the curtains. All over me. And I know it won't wash out because this shirt is pure silk. If you don't want to ruin silk, never sneeze in a Starbucks with a mouth full of blueberry muffin. As I sit here I keep thinking if only I could go back to my old life. I could…
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Plastic
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
Just when you thought you were safe from any new Fowler-related products coming your way... 'Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood' US edition (mauvey!) and the UK paperback (lush!) are here. And my first e-story for Transworld outsold John Grisham (blimey!) Also, there's renewed interest in my mad-as-an-old-man's-trousers novel 'Plastic'. Older readers may recall that this book was 're-edited' by…
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horror & Plastic
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