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!