Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Part Two

For part two of our adventure with Agatha Christie’s sixth novel THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD we hunt out her sister’s home in Cheadle, the rather grand Abney Hall. Was it the model for Roger Ackroyd’s Fernly Park? Is there a pond and can you hear people talking from the path above it? And whereContinue reading “Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Part Two”

Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Part One

We’re taking the bestselling novelist in the world EVER out for a walk. In Agatha Christie’s sixth novel THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD her Belgian hero has retired (what?) to the town of King’s Abbot, near the fictional town of Cranchester. What can Christie have had in mind as the model for Poirot’s bolthole? WeContinue reading “Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Part One”

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London Part Two

In Part Two of our riverine excursion guided by the first book in Ben Aaronovitch’s cult series, we start away from the river at Covent Garden, where the hero of the novel – Peter Grant – meets his first ghost and performs a necromantic ritual. We hang out at the ‘Actor’s Church’ then go inContinue reading “Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London Part Two”

Ben Aaronovitch’s River of London Part One

We’re using the first novel in this cult series to navigate a route along the Thames tracking down various locations where detective Peter Grant encounters river nymphs, trolls and Old Father Thames. We start at the alleged source of the Thames, take in an ancient and important site at Runnymede, fail to swim in theContinue reading “Ben Aaronovitch’s River of London Part One”

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor Part Two

In part two of our adventure with Peter Ackroyd’s HAWKSMOOR, we finish our circuit of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s churches, completing a sigil on the face of London which, according to Tim’s design, will force Lloyd to reveal his real Satanic nature. We also discover the likely location for the fictional church of St Hugh’s, which nowContinue reading “Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor Part Two”

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor Part One

After NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman, we’re back with another book that manifests London in mysterious and unsettling ways. Peter Ackroyd’s HAWKSMOOR tells the tale of Nicholas Dyer, a fictional architect of the early 18th century who has been charged with building seven new churches but has his own sinister, not to say Satanic purposes. InContinue reading “Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor Part One”

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Part Two

In Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’, a key character – the Marquis de Carabas – lies dead atop London Wall. But where is London Wall? We not only find it, but we find a second bit of it, unknown to most people, in an underground car park. We have a grim talk about suicide and masonic murderContinue reading “Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Part Two”

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Part One

Neil Gaiman’s famous London fantasy novel provides us with an unusual route across London. We start at Albert Bridge, the supposed entrance to the mythical ‘Knight’s Bridge’. We grab a coffee at Harrods, home of a Neverwhere market. Tim surprises Lloyd with the Down Street underground station – and Tim surprises himself by discovering thatContinue reading “Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Part One”