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Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world’s cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin’s New Adventures until they pulped all his books.
Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake’s 7 Audio dramas.
Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
New Books
October 2022

A Rivers of London: Books 1-8
(Rivers of London)
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Turbulence (2012)
(Turbulence, book 1)
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"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll gasp and you'll demand a sequel."
Knife Sworn (2012)
(Tower and Knife Trilogy, book 2)
Mazarkis Williams
"From the shocking opening chapter to the tense climax this novel puts great writing to the service of vivid characters, a compelling plot and a wholly convincing fantasy world."
London Falling (2012)
(Shadow Police, book 1)
Paul Cornell
"An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters."
The Rhesus Chart (2014)
(Laundry Files, book 5)
Charles Stross
Written in Dead Wax (2016)
(Vinyl Detective Mysteries, book 1)
Andrew Cartmel
"An irresistible blend of murder, mystery and music... our protagonist seeks to find the rarest of records – and incidentally solve a murder, right a great historical injustice and, if he’s very lucky, avoid dying in the process."
Nomad (2016)
(Marc Dane, book 1)
James Swallow
"An intelligent, likeable and, above all, belivable hero is faced with a frighteningly creditable threat in a thriller that hits the tarmac running and doesn't stop accelerating until its terrifying conclusion."
East of Hounslow (2017)
(Jay Qasim, book 1)
Khurrum Rahman
"A brilliant thriller. You'd be mad not to buy this."
The Trouble With Peace (2020)
(Age of Madness, book 2)
Joe Abercrombie
"Joe Abercrombie writes terrifying wit, humour and heart."
The Library of the Dead (2021)
(Edinburgh Nights, book 1)
T L Huchu
"A fast-moving and entertaining tale, beautifully written."
Legends & Lattes (2022)
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Travis Baldree
"The most fun I've ever had in a coffee shop."
Murder Before Evensong (2022)
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"Perfect for those who like their cosy crime to have a cutting edge."

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