Are London West End Police Constables too busy to read? Obviously not and in any case the Charing Cross Met contingent will have to make time for it this Spring. Westminster Reference Library handed out to them free copies of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, the first chapter in the saga of Met Officer (and Apprentice Police Wizard) Peter Grant and Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale (head of The Folly and the last officially sanctioned English Wizard – the real thing, basically).
Following an unexpected encounter with a ghost, Officer Grant is recruited into the small branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural. In the process of doing so he comes across evil forces that turn ordinary people into vicious killers, warring gods of the River Thames, vampires and all manner of supernatural underworld trickery. Almost all of the action takes place in and around the WC2 area – perfect location and subject matter for our local constabulary to enjoy:
“We are delighted, as local police officers, to be a part of Cityread London 2015 – it is a terrific scheme which is encouraging more of us to read.”
Theatre company LookLeft LookRight adapted Aaronovitch’s novel into an immersive participatory experience as part of Cityread London 2015, as described in the previous post.
PC Alexander Williams from Charing Cross Police Station, seen here with two specimens of the lowest ranks of apprentice wizards Rossella Black and Zsuzsannah Nemeth, was appointed as the lucky recipient of the gifts but remained unimpressed by all the magic and shenanigans…
“All in a day’s work, Guv really, nah mean” Officer Williams said, “nothing in ‘ere that we don’t have to put up with every day and night in this library.”
Hard to impress bobbies, these days!