The fourth issue of Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s comic series RIVERS OF LONDON: BODY WORK is out now. Published by Titan Comics, it is a story set between the fourth and fifth books in the novel series — BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. Here’s the synopsis…

What’s the link between a circle of wizards killed in the Second World War, a homicidal car and an ancient ducking stool used to torture young girls? London cops Peter Grant and his boss, Inspector Nightingale, are in a race to find out before more people die!

The series is illustrated by Lee Sullivan, and coloured by Luis Guerrero.

In related news, readers of The Londonist have voted Ben’s Peter Grant series as the Best London Novels — the ‘runaway winner’ in the poll, in fact: ‘… the author is particularly good at setting key scenes in real London locations. Throw in a family of water nymphs representing the lost rivers of London, and you have the perfect fiction for London geeks…‘ We wholeheartedly agree!

The series is published in the UK by Gollancz. The next novel in the series, THE HANGING TREE, is due to be published mid-2016.


Ben Aaronovitch’s Cityread London Schedule for Next Week…

Aaronovitch-PG1-RiversOfLondonUK-BlogHere are Ben Aaronovitch‘s events for next week’s continuing Cityreads London celebrations…

  • Monday, April 13th

1:00pm-6:00pm — Newham: The Gate Library — ‘Celebratory events… animation work shop, magic show/workshop, lost rivers interactive lecture, punch and Judy show/discussion and also a discussion by the police / scenes of crime investigators’

6:00pm — Newham: The Gate Library — Talk from Ben

  • Tuesday, April 14th

6:00-8:00pm — Hackney Central Library

  • Wednesday, April 15th

7:00-8:30pm — City of London: Barbican Library

  • Thursday, April 16th

1:00pm — Tower Hamlets: Idea Store

7:00pm — Enfield Town Library

  • Friday, April 17th

6:30-8:00pm — Havering: Hornchurch Library

  • Saturday, April 18th

2:30-4:00pm — Barking & Dagenham: Barking Learning Centre

  • Sunday, April 19th

2:00-4:00pm — Haringey: Hornsey Library

Cityreads London is a city-wide celebration of reading, and the 2015 title is Ben’s debut, RIVERS OF LONDON. Thus far, the events have been huge successes and great fun — certainly judging from reactions from across social media platforms. You can find more details of Ben’s schedule on his website.

We mentioned in the past that there was a Cityreads London Goodreads group dedicated to RIVERS OF LONDON. Below you’ll find Ben’s introductory video, which includes some comments on the novel and reading in general…

We mentioned last week that the Cityread launch was held at Covent Garden. The Londonist shot a bit of video at the event…

RIVERS OF LONDON and the other Peter Grant novels are published in the UK by Gollancz. So far, the series also includes MOON OVER SOHO, WHISPERS UNDERGROUND, BROKEN HOMES and FOXGLOVE SUMMER. As a bonus, here is a video clip Ben and Gollancz made for release of FOXGLOVE SUMMER