Friday 16 October 2009

London Noir International

London Noir continues to cast a long shadow. Edited by Cathi Unsworth and subtitled ‘Capital Crime Fiction’ it is a collection of noir narratives, each set in a different location in London, our beloved mother of excesses. I was very pleased to have contributed the short story ‘Betamax’, which takes place amidst the steel and glass towers of Canary Wharf. Sometimes, however, the best view of a city is from outside, so I was very pleased to hear from Cathi that there is now going to be a French edition of the anthology, due next year from Asphalte Editions. Young and inclined towards adventure, Asphalte already have a swinging blog, Asphalte Cafe, which is definitely worth a visit.

A recent email from Johnny Temple at Akashic Books in New York, London Noir’s original publishers, reminds me that an Italian edition is also available from Alet and there will soon be a Turkish edition from Everest. More news on these as and when they come up. In the meantime Cathi’s new novel Bad Penny Blues is poised for publication, ready to give you a glimpse of London in the Swinging Sixties you won’t forget in a hurry. I salute, as always, my suave sister in crime.

Pictured above: a copy of the Akashic edition of London Noir laid out on the cold, cold asphalt, photographed in suitably noir fashion by the inimitable Simon Crubellier.

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