A Rare Interview of Cunning Aaronovitch…


To celebrate the recent(ish) release of Ben Aaronovitch‘s new audio short story, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICES, Audible has shared an interview with the author and series narrator, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Set in Ben’s Peter Grant series, here’s the synopsis…

Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is very much amiss — and we’re not talking late returns here. Is it a ghost, or something much worse? PC Peter Grant really isn’t looking forward to finding out…

Best of all, A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE is free!

The Peter Grant series is published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and widely in translation. The whole series is also available in audio, narrated by Holdbrook-Smith. The next book in the series will be THE FURTHEST STATION, the first novella in the series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US.

DETECTIVE STORIES signing tomorrow at Forbidden Planet London!


Ben Aaronovitch and artist Lee Sullivan will be at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London tomorrow from 1-2pm signing copies of their new Rivers of London comic series, DETECTIVE STORIES!

Follow the continuing adventure of Peter Grant, and the special branch of the Met who deal with magic and the supernatural!

Peter Grant has come a long way since first entering that particular special branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. With his hard-earned powers and a flair for the supernatural, it’s his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires and weird folk in the Underground!

Set in the million-selling Rivers of London series, this comic adventure entitled DETECTIVE STORIES contains four self-contained magical crimes, as recounted by Detective Peter Grant to his superiors!

A Forbidden Planet-exclusive edition of of DETECTIVE STORIES #1 (pictured above) and BLACK MOULD collected edition will also be available at the event. The series is published by Titan Comics. Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH and BLACK MOULD.

In case you are new to Peter Grant’s story, FP have put together this handy reader’s guide, which includes a timeline for the various books in the series…

Peter Grant’s DETECTIVE STORIES start today!


The first issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s fourth Rivers of London comic series is out today! Here’s the synopsis for DETECTIVE STORIES #1, published by Titan Comics

Self-contained magical crimes, as recounted by Detective Peter Grant to his superiors, as he takes the Detective exam. If you’ve ever wanted to try the mysterious world of Rivers of London, this is the perfect opportunity to get on board!

The issue is available in six different covers (pictured above and below).

The Peter Grant novels are published by Gollancz in the UK, Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6) in the US, and is also available in a growing number of translations! For those who are only just discovering Ben’s Peter Grant series, Forbidden Planet put together a handy reader’s guide…

BROKEN HOMES out now in Taiwan!


The fourth novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling Peter Grant series, BROKEN HOMES is out now in Taiwan! Published by 馬可孛羅文化事業 as 天空塔 黑巫再現. Here’s the synopsis…

地底城事件結束後,納丁格爾與他的學徒彼得.葛蘭特體認到,黑魔法師無臉男的勢力已經擴張到他們難以察覺的深處,無論這位黑魔法師真正的目的為何,徹查所有的小鱷魚名單、找出無臉男的真實身分,絕對是當務之急。因此,即便是一樁看似簡單的交通意外,也不能錯過任何線索。

彼得的直覺沒錯,小鱷魚成員的交通意外演變為一件毀屍滅跡的凶殺案;不久之後,竟有第二名可疑的小鱷魚成員在地鐵站內跳軌自殺。一具屍體或許只是意外,但兩具屍體就不可能只是巧合,而且一定與無臉男有關。

為了化被動為主動,彼得決定設下誘餌引無臉男出現,沒想到出現的卻是令他們意想不到的另一個熟面孔,死去的伍德維爾.詹托的看護──凡倫卡,來自俄羅斯的魔法學徒,危險度極高的暗夜女巫。

現在,倫敦有兩名出手凶狠的非法巫師逍遙法外了。最令人擔心的是,暗夜女巫是否與黑魔法師相互聯手?小鱷魚的命案又是何人所為?此時,彼得追查到一本遭竊的德國魔法書,屬於瘋狂建築師艾瑞克.史騰堡所有,更進一步發現這些喪命的死者,都與史騰堡所蓋的空中花園大樓有關…

高掛空中的冠冕,點亮城市的火炬,魔法與工業的結合,是不切實際的空想,還是真實存在的世紀之作?

The first three novels in the series have also been published in Taiwan: RIVERS OF LONDON (倫敦河 惡靈騷動), MOON OVER SOHO (蘇活月 爵士魅影) and WHISPERS UNDERGROUND (地底城 魔法暗湧).

The series is published by Gollancz in the UK, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). Here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

Ben Aaronovitch’s DER GALGEN VON TYBURN jetzt im Buchhandel!


Continuing Ben Aaronovitch‘s busy week, THE HANGING TREE is out now in Germany! Published by DTV as DER GALGEN VON TYBURN, here’s the synopsis for the sixth Peter Grant novel…

In seinem sechsten Fall muss der fabelhafte Peter Grant

  •  ein verschollenes altes Buch wiederfinden
  • einen verdächtigen Todesfall auf einer Party der Reichen und Schönen Londons aufklären
  • versuchen, es sich dabei nicht völlig mit Lady Ty zu verderben
  • vermeiden, vom Gesichtslosen ins Jenseits befördert zu werden
  • sich mit einem ganzen Haufen rauflustiger Amerikaner herumschlagen, die definitiv zu viel ›24‹ gesehen haben.

Kurz: Peter bekommt die einzigartige Gelegenheit, es sich mit alten Freunden zu verderben und sich dabei jede Menge neue Feinde zu machen. Mal vorausgesetzt, er überlebt die kommende Woche.

DTV has published all six of the Peter Grant novels in Germany, in print and audio.

The novel is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by DAW Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis for THE HANGING TREE

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of Police Constable Peter Grant or the Folly—London’s police department for supernatural cases—even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the houses, where the law is something bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean.

But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

The series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and has been published widely in translation.

Ben Aaronovitch’s PROKLETÉ DOMOVY out now!


BROKEN HOMES, Ben Aaronovitch‘s fourth Peter Grant novel, is out now in Czech! Published by Argo as PROKLETÉ DOMOVY, here’s the synopsis…

Začíná to jako obvykle – mrtvolou. Ale kdo v tom má tentokrát prsty? Běžný sériový vrah, nebo společník zvráceného kouzelníka známého pod přezdívkou Muž bez tváře? Než se policejní konstábl Peter Grant v novém případu zorientuje, pod soupravu metra vkročí londýnský urbanista a zmizí jistý starobylý grimoár. V Londýně nic neobvyklého. Ale pak se k Peterovi donesou zvěsti o prazvláštních událostech v oblasti Elephant and Castle, které se točí kolem věžáku navrženého bláznem, postaveného šarlatány a obývaného těmi největšími zoufalci. Mají tyto skutečnosti nějakou spojitost? A pokud ano, proč k nim proboha muselo dojít až na jižním břehu Temže, kde jindy chcípnul pes? Promiň, Toby.

Published in the UK by Gollancz and the US by DAW Books, here’s the English-language synopsis for BROKEN HOMES

A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil – an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

The Peter Grant series is currently at six novels, three comic series, an audio-exclusive short story, and an upcoming novella.

Surprise new Peter Grant audio short story! A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE out now!


Sunday Times best-selling author and Doctor Who screenwriting alum, Ben Aaronovitch has teamed up with Audible for the release of A RARE BOOK OF CUNNING DEVICE! This is an audio-exclusive short story set in the world of his beloved Peter Grant/Rivers of London series after the latest novel, THE HANGING TREE.

Narrated by the ever-brilliant Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (who has narrated the whole series thus far), here’s the synopsis…

Supernatural investigator PC Peter Grant examines a multitude of mysterious goings on at the British Library. Called in to handle an apparent poltergeist, Grant must hunt among towering stacks of books and the library’s many shadowy basements to uncover who (or what) is causing priceless manuscripts to disappear from their shelves.

How could anyone resist setting a story amongst one of the world’s greatest concentration of culture and knowledge?’ Ben says of the story, which takes listeners behind the scenes of the second largest book collection in the world, and one London’s most treasured cultural institutions (with 625 km of shelves!).

Proceeds from the project will be donated to Cityread London, a charity that works to celebrate and support the capital’s libraries through a month-long programme of book groups, screening and events taking place throughout April each year. Ben’s debut, RIVERS OF LONDON, was the Cityread London spotlight title in 2015.

‘Audio offers enormous potential for authors and creators to explore the expanded universe of their favourite sagas,’ said Tracey Markham, UK Country Manager at Audible. ‘We’re always looking for ways to support original audio storytelling and have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ben on such a captivating short story. Having sponsored Cityread London for a number of years, we’re proud to continue championing such a worthwhile cause through Ben’s remarkable writing.’

The whole Peter Grant series – which has sold more than a million copies worldwide, and has been optioned for TV by Feel Films – is available on Audible. The books are published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6), and has been published widely in translation.

THE FURTHEST STATION, a novella and the next book in the series, is due to be published on 21st September, by Gollancz and Subterranean Press.

Covering the Collected BLACK MOULD…


Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s critically-acclaimed third Rivers of London comic series, BLACK MOULD will be published by Titan Comics in a collected edition next month! Above you can see the cover, and here’s the synopsis…

It creeps! It crawls! It ooooozes! Something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not usually a police matter but there’s something very weird about this mould. Police Constable Peter Grant and his unwilling partner, Sahra Guleed, soon find themselves knee deep in killer muck! Meanwhile, their boss, Thomas Nightingale, is preparing to do battle against a haunted ice cream van. Good times.

The cover and series artwork is by the always-excellent Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero.

In the continuity of the larger Peter Grant series, BLACK MOULD falls between the fifth novel FOXGLOVE SUMMER and the NIGHT WITCH comic series, and the upcoming THE FURTHEST STATION novella and the recently-released sixth novel THE HANING TREE. (Ben has a full continuity on his website.)

The Peter Grant novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). The Rivers of London comics are published by Titan Comics.

Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series has been nominated for a Hugo!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Peter Grant series has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the Best Series category!

The series is currently comprised of RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. The series is published by Gollancz in the UK, and in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-6). The novels have also been widely published in translation. A new novella, THE FURTHEST STATION is out later this year, published by Gollancz (UK) and Subterranean Press (US). Ben is also writing an ongoing comic series with Andrew Cartmel, published by Titan Comics.

Here’s the synopsis for the first novel in the series…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit — we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

Winners of the awards will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11th.

Ben Aaronovitch’s BROKEN HOMES out now in Czech!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s fourth Peter Grant novel is now available in Czech! Published by Argo as PROKLETÉ DOMOVY, here’s the synopsis…

Začíná to jako obvykle – mrtvolou. Ale kdo v tom má tentokrát prsty? Běžný sériový vrah, nebo společník zvráceného kouzelníka známého pod přezdívkou Muž bez tváře? Než se policejní konstábl Peter Grant v novém případu zorientuje, pod soupravu metra vkročí londýnský urbanista a zmizí jistý starobylý grimoár. V Londýně nic neobvyklého. Ale pak se k Peterovi donesou zvěsti o prazvláštních událostech v oblasti Elephant and Castle točících se kolem věžáku navrženého bláznem, postaveného šarlatány a obývaného těmi největšími zoufalci. Mají tyto skutečnosti nějakou spojitost? A pokud ano, proč k nim proboha muselo dojít až na jižním břehu Temže, kde jindy chcípnul pes? Promiň Toby.

Argo also publish the first three novels in the series.

BROKEN HOMES is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by DAW Books, and has been published widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil — an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #5 out today!


The concluding issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD comic series is out today! Published by Titan Comics in print and digital, here’s the synopsis…

London’s only trainee wizard cop, PC Peter Grant, has faced many strange and unusual foes, but confronting a sentient, vengeful black mould in the guise a form jazz musician?

That has to be a new one!

Titan Comics has also published the first two Rivers of London comic series — BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH — both of which are now available as collected editions.

The BLACK MOULD comic series is set between the fifth and sixth Peter Grant novels: FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. Both novels are published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by DAW Books.

Peter Grant heads to THE FURTHEST STATION…


This September, Gollancz is will be publishing THE FURTHEST STATION, a brand new hardback novella in the bestselling Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch! The novella will be available a little earlier in the US, as Subterranean Press will be releasing two limited editions in June! Here’s the synopsis…

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

THE FURTHEST STATION is Ben’s first novella starring PC Peter Grant. The unabridged audio edition – read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (who has narrated all of the UK audiobook editions for the series) – and eBook edition will be published simultaneously in the UK.

Here’s what Ben had to say about the book: ‘This is my first novella and I suddenly understood the appeal of the form to both writers and readers. Novellas allow you to tell a story in a very elegant, streamlined fashion. Something you can read quickly but without feeling cheated at the end. I may write more.’

Gollancz has published all of the novels in the series to date in the UK: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES, FOXGLOVE SUMMER and THE HANGING TREE. In the US, Del Rey has published the first three novels, and DAW Books has published books four to six. The series has been published in Germany by DTV, in France by J’ai Lu, and extensively in other territories. (See Ben’s author page for more information.)

Three Rivers of London comic series have been published by Titan Comics.

Czech out these new covers for BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER!


This April, Argo is due to publish the fourth book in Ben Aaronovitch‘s bestselling Peter Grant series, BROKEN HOMES! Released in Czech as PROKLETÉ DOMOVY, here’s the synopsis…

Začíná to jako obvykle – mrtvolou. Ale kdo v tom má tentokrát prsty? Běžný sériový vrah, nebo společník zvráceného kouzelníka známého pod přezdívkou Muž bez tváře? Než se policejní konstábl Peter Grant v novém případu zorientuje, pod soupravu metra vkročí londýnský urbanista a zmizí jistý starobylý grimoár. V Londýně nic neobvyklého. Ale pak se k Peterovi donesou zvěsti o prazvláštních událostech v oblasti Elephant and Castle točících se kolem věžáku navrženého bláznem, postaveného šarlatány a obývaného těmi největšími zoufalci. Mají tyto skutečnosti nějakou spojitost? A pokud ano, proč k nim proboha muselo dojít až na jižním břehu Temže, kde jindy chcípnul pes? Promiň Toby.

The novel is published by Gollancz in the UK, and DAW Books in the US. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil — an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection? And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

But, wait: there’s more! Below you can see the cover for the new Czech edition of FOXGLOVE SUMMERZÁLUDNÉ LÉTO! This will be published later this year, and we’ll share more information (synopsis, release date, etc.) as soon as we have it. Argo has already published the first three novels in the series: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO and WHISPERS UNDERGROUND.

Ben Aaronovitch’s DER GALGEN VON TYBURN out this year in Germany!


Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated sixth Peter Grant novel, THE HANGING TREE, will be published in Germany this May! Published as DER GALGEN VON TYBURN by DTV, here’s the synopsis…

In seinem sechsten Fall muss der fabelhafte Peter Grant

– ein verschollenes altes Buch wiederfinden einen verdächtigen Todesfall auf einer Party der Reichen und Schönen Londons aufklären

– versuchen, es sich dabei nicht völlig mit Lady Ty zu verderben

– vermeiden, vom Gesichtslosen ins Jenseits befördert zu werden

– sich mit einem ganzen Haufen rauflustiger Amerikaner herumschlagen, die definitiv zu viel ›24‹ gesehen haben.

Kurz: Peter bekommt die einzigartige Gelegenheit, es sich mit alten Freunden zu verderben und sich dabei jede Menge neue Feinde zu machen. Mal vorausgesetzt, er überlebt die kommende Woche.

THE HANGING TREE is published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by DAW Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

The sixth outing for PC Peter Grant in this bestselling series sees him back in London and facing up to the terrifying legacy of London’s hangings.

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.

Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.

He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…

DTV also publishes the first five novels in the series: DER FLÜSSE VON LONDON, SCHWARZER MOND ÜBER SOHO, EIN WISPERN UNTER BAKER STREET, DER BÖSE ORT and FINGERHUT-SOMMER.

In the UK, Gollancz publishes the first five novels in the series: RIVERS OF LONDON, MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. The first three books in the series are published in the US by Del Rey, and the second three novels are published by DAW Books. The series has also been published widely in translation — more details about international editions can be found on Ben’s author page.

The BLACK MOULD continues to spread!


In case yesterday’s North American release of THE HANGING TREE wasn’t enough, today sees the release of RIVERS OF LONDON: BLACK MOULD #3! The third part of the third Rivers of London comic is published by Titan Comics. Written by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, here’s the synopsis…

Peter Grant: policeman, trainee wizard and now pest controller. Joined by fellow officer and Muslim ninja, Sahra Guleed, the two are trying to contain an outbreak of vindictive black mould that seems to be going after the rich and heartless.

But after a successful mission, the mould has penetrated the headquarters of London’s crime-fighting magical practitioners – The Folly – and the shitake is about to get real…

Artwork for the series is by Lee Sullivan and Luis Guerrero, and the cover (above) is by Rachael Stott. The issue will also be available with two variant covers, by Lee Sullivan and Lorena Assisi:

Titan Comics also publishes the first two Rivers of London series: BODY WORK and NIGHT WITCH, which have been released as single-volume trade paperbacks: