‘And now for something completely different..’ Well, quite different … Aaronovitch’s first book of the Peter Grant series starts as a ghost story that develops into a sort of grown up Harry Potter tale but with a very good dose (or should I say pints…) of humour grounded on the author’s knowledge of and love for London and its history.
You follow Peter into the pubs around London, into his new HQs in Russell Square, and partake of his frequent and eventful visits to Covent Garden and, as the character himself, you slowly start seeing things around the city that strike you first as slightly weird and then as positively shocking. But the sense of humour is never entirely lost, not even in the darkest moments. I confess that at some point I found it had to engage with this strange combination of science, magic, Latin semi-erudition and local aquatic folklore, but this is the challenge for all those writing and reading liminal fantasy. At the end of the day, the book won me over and I am curious to see what is in stock for Peter in the next book in the series.
Aaronovitch, B. (2011) Rivers of London.London: Orion.