Carry On Criminal!

It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, but there was always something a bit rough around the edges about theContinue reading “Carry On Criminal!”

A Bit Of A Pickle by Paul D. Brazill

A BIT OF A PICKLE The ghost of a Petula Clark song drifted into The Bag O’ Nails through a partly open window. A shard of sunlight sliced through the blinds, picking out specks of dust that floated in the air. An old electric kettle boiled in another room. A refrigerator hummed.  A dishwasher chugged dully. AContinue reading “A Bit Of A Pickle by Paul D. Brazill”

I Carry On Blogging!

I have a guest blog over at the splendid Carry On Blogging! ‘It’s been said that the British like eccentrics and I think it’s certainly true that we have a predisposition towards the odd, the awkward – especially where our entertainers are concerned. Britain has had its share of slick matinée idols of course, butContinue reading “I Carry On Blogging!”

I’m Interviewed by Tony Black

Over at Pulp Pusher, I talk to the Tartan Noir kingpin about Last Year’s Man and gangster films. ‘We haven’t had a Q&A at Pulp Pusher for quite some time. So, I thought we should so something about that.  We’ve asked the one and only Paul D. Brazill along to tell us about his latestContinue reading “I’m Interviewed by Tony Black”

I’m Interviewed By Richard Godwin

I recently had a Chin Wag at Richard Godwin’s Slaughterhouse.  ‘Paul Brazill is the master of Brit grit and hardboiled. His stories and novels ring like a chime out of a gangster flick, one with heavy overtones of London. He is adept at using contemporary culture to highlight and augment the inherent drama in hisContinue reading “I’m Interviewed By Richard Godwin”

Martin Stanley Reviews Too Many Crooks

Over at Goodreads, ace Brit Grit writer Martin Stanley says: ‘Fast moving, funny, crime caper with Brazill’s usual abundance of wordplay, in-jokes, and crooks looking to get one-over on each other. It is a mix of the Quentin Tarantino multi-character McGuffin (in this case, of a Nazi ring) and a Carry-On film. It never takesContinue reading “Martin Stanley Reviews Too Many Crooks”

Failing Better: Brit Grit Comedy

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!” – Charlie Chaplin “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’” – Samuel Becket. As Chaplin showed, there has always been a dark aspect toContinue reading “Failing Better: Brit Grit Comedy”

Jason Beech Reviews Guns Of Brixton

Over at his blog, ace crime writer JASON BEECH SAYS: ‘Guns of Brixton is a mutt, bred from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Pulp Fiction, The Sweeney, and the Carry On films. All of this could have been a mushy stew, but Brazill has such a way with words and structure that this is allContinue reading “Jason Beech Reviews Guns Of Brixton”

I’m Carrying On with Tony Black

Over at his regular column for The Highland Times, Tony Black talks about recent plans to reboot the Carry On film series. And I stick my neb in too! Here’s a clip: Paul D. Brazill grew up in Hartlepool and is a self-confessed Carry On fan. He’s also the author of a number of books,Continue reading “I’m Carrying On with Tony Black”