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Rivers of London

#1 Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch

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Gollancz
08 November 2011
Peter Grant was just a probationary constable in the Metropolitan Police Service when one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, he tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, thus bringing him to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now Peter is a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years and his world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, digging up graves in Covent Garden and there's something festering at the heart of London, 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 falls to Peter to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.
By:   Ben Aaronovitch
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9780575097582
ISBN 10:   0575097582
Series:   Rivers of London
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   08 November 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   www.the-folly.com

Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World'. He works as a bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.

Reviews for Rivers of London (#1 Rivers of London)

A darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like * The Sunday Express * Funny and wildly inventive * Mail on Sunday * Masterfully crafted . . . gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money * The Sun * Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there even more than the real London * Nick Frost * Charming, witty, exciting * Independent * An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups * The Times * What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. A hilarious, keenly imagined caper * Diana Gabaldon * A consummate story of real policing in a vividly real world intersecting the decidedly unreal to marvellous effect. Filled with detail and imagination, the quality of this achievement stands out, making Aaronovitch a name to watch * Peter F. Hamilton * Magical, mysterious and mesmerising, Rivers of London will have you spellbound * Total Sci Fi * An engaging mix of magic and police procedural, this is a great kick off to a very promising series as well as the most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time. Witty, imaginative and gripping * SFX * We can't fault the pace, ingenuity and creativity of Rivers of London. With each page, we're eager to learn more about this mysterious new world, set on very familiar streets * Londonist.com * The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter * i09 * Great, great fun * Simon Mayo, Radio 2 * It's a real treat - Hot Fuzz meets Harry Potter via hardboiled police procedural - with a compelling cast of characters and a nail-biting mystery to be solved * Living North * Rivers of London manages to be fresh and original and a wonderful read. I loved it * Charlaine Harris *


  • Short-listed for Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011
  • Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011.

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