Monday, 27 July 2015

The Too British Song

I wrote this in response to all the reviews, both positive and negative, that felt that Rivers of London (aka Midnight Riot) was a 'little bit too British'.

The British Song
(With apologies to Alanis Morisette)

I chose a young man to be my hero
He’s a stoical lad who doesn’t complain
It’s about making a joke of your own pain
It’s about being the one who has to know
And isn’t it quite British… don’t you think?

It’s like expecting rain on a sunny day
It’s about taking joy in the things that you say
It’s knowing from the start that the joke’s on you
And who would’ve thought… it’s British

He can insult you without having to try
He’ll apologise too without knowing why.
He’ll go his whole damn life without starting a fight.
But if you push him too far, it’s true
You won’t find it so nice
And isn’t it so British… don’t you think?


Well the world is more than what you used to
When you think everything’s the same as your own neighbourhood
And the world is much bigger place
And it doesn’t owe you an explanation for the things you
Don’t understand.

It’s doing the job without making a fuss
It’s being good friends without having to gush
It’s about leaving people alone even if they are quite odd
It’s about winning a race
And not thanking god.
And isn’t it quite British …don’t you think
A little too British…and, yeah, I really don’t think…


Monday, 20 July 2015

What I Did On MY Weekend.....

Apart from writing of course.


Note Foxglove Icing
On Friday I went to Leominster Library, which despite looking on the outside like a young offender's institution turned out to be lovely and airy on the inside. Plus they provided me with an enormous spread including coffee and walnut cake.

Having consumed tremendous amount of sandwiches and cake it was fat and happy Ben that did his little Q&A with a small but friendly crowd.


I went to YALC at Olympia where I did a panel with famous authors Melinda Salisbury, Amy Alward, Sally Green and Frances Hardinge.

We had a slightly larger turn out then in Leominster (all those top writers I think) but I couldn't help noticing that the larger the crowd the fewer the questions - curious eh?

After that it was my off to table too sign - to my surprise there was both a queue and my first ever sighting of Rivers of London cosplay - Lesley May and the Faceless Man I believe.

So after my signing session I went for a tour of the event with a friend and then home to feed the hungry word processor.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Out Today!
Rivers of London: Body Work Issue #1

Monday, 13 July 2015

Foxglove Summer: The Soundtrack

These are some of the sounds that provided the soundtrack to writing Foxglove Summer.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Live in Leominster on Friday

Leominster Library
8 Buttercross

Telephone: 01432 383290

7.00 pm 17th July 2015

Me - occasional author.

Because a day spent outside Herefordshire is like a day without sunshine, a road without potholes and a meal without a detailed explanation of where all the food comes from.

What Else?
Hereford Libraries are having a book festival and I write books - do the maths!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Tommorrow Foxglove Summer is out in Paperback.


The British Paperback edition of Foxglove Summer is officially released tommorrow and I would like to thank all the people that buy my books, all the people who do all the behind scenes stuff that actually gets the book produced and distributed and last but not least the booksellers who flog them.

Since we've seen the cover of Foxglove Summer quite alot here is a picture of everyone's favourite ghost hunting dog.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Locations, Locations, Locations: Foxglove Summer

To celebrate this weeks UK release of Foxglove Summer in paperback here is a map to some of thelocations in the book.

I tried to embed it in the blog but that didn't work but I'm told that this link here might work.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Rivers of London Comic Launch Event

Forbidden Planet in London.

The 15th of July at Six O'clock! In less than 2 weeks time.

Me and Andrew Cartmel..

To mark the release of Issue #1 of Body Work - 1st of the Rivers of London Comic series.

What Else?
Details of the event can be found here!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Buying Comics Is Easy

Buying Comics is Easy

While this blog concerns itself with how to buy Andrew and my comic there is excellent article at The Mary Sue on the generalities of buying a comic here.

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Comic Store
Run, don’t walk, to your friendly neighbourhood comic shop. If you don’t know where it is you can use the internet which has such resources as… 

FINDACOMICSHOP.COM (The UK and North America) or Search for a Comic Shop (everywhere else it says)

Order a copy Rivers of London
Once you have co-located yourself with your chosen shop inform a member of staff that you would like pre-order Rivers of London Issue #1 (published by Titan Comics). This is known as setting up a ‘pull list’ and is the best way to ensure that you get your hands on the soon to be much in demand(1) first issue of Rivers of London: Body Work(2).

Purchase a copy of Rivers of London
Then on the appointed day (the evening of July 15th 2015 or the following day) you can turn up, hand over some dosh and they will thrust the object of your desire into your hands.

Now different comic book shops will have different ways of setting up Pull Lists but the basics are much the same – here is a fumetti(3) by Keiron Gillen to run through them again. 

Buying Digital
If you don't want to sully your pristine germ free hands with an actual physical comic then you can purchase a digital copy of Rivers of London Issue #1 from Comixology - here is the preview page for the UK and the preview page for the US.

NEW: Buying in Germany

You can buy it from Forbidden Planet International here.

Or they can be ordered from any shop in Germany that orders from Diamond Comic Distributors - this database here covers Germany as well as other countries.

(1) Hopefully.
(2) If you, for some strange reason, feel the need to order other people’s comics go right ahead it’s a free country – I wont hold it against you.
(3) Comics that use live action images rather than drawings.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Currently Reading

Just One Damned Thing After Another 
by Jodi Taylor

I'm currently reading, as quick as I can, Jodi Taylor's Chronicle of St Mary's series because her publisher sent me a preview of book 6 and I'd never heard of them.

Whether I'll finish them in time to blurb (or not) the latest I don't know but I'm enjoying them so far.

Here is blurb for book 1....

Behind the seemingly innocuous fa├žade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process.

But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting.

Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake ...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Paperback Launch in Cardiff

Waterstones Cardiff in Wales!

The 9th of July at Seven O'clock! In less than 2 weeks time.

Me... and that should be enough for you.

To mark the release of the paperback version of Foxglove Summer!

What Else
Waterstones Cardiff is here! In Cardiff... unsurprisingly.

And you can buy tickets for the event here!

Monday, 15 June 2015

So What's Going To Be In This Comic Anyway?

I'm glad you asked....

For a start there are three varient covers.

Inside each issue there will be 22 pages of hot Peter Grant action...

And 5 pages of special features...

Which in future issues will include Professor Postmartin's History of Magic, Cooking with Molly, Tales from the Folly strips and much more.

But I've never bought a comic before....

That's okay, I'm planning a blog that will help but in the meantime there are a couple of helpful links below...

Mary Sue's How To Buy Comics a Beginners Guide
Kotaku's How To Get Into Comics
Forbidden Planet: Rivers of London #1