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Mother London (Scribner, 2004)

© Fabienne Rose

Michael Moorcock was born in London in 1939 just in time to see German bombs dropping on the city, which probably explains his sombre and apocalyptic vision of the world. He started publishing the Elric sequence in 1961, and it was followed by Corum, Hawkmoon, and Jerry Cornelius making Moorcock the leader of the heroic fantasy genre. According to Tad William of Sword of Atlantis fame, if you like imaginary worlds, you must read Moorcock. He’s a real giant.

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Bibliography :

  • Behold the Man (Overlook Press, 2007)
  • Mother London (Scribner, 2004)

The Between the Wars sequence :

  • Byzantium Endures (Vintage, 2006)
  • The Laughter of Carthage (Vintage, 2006)
  • Jerusalem Commands (Vintage, 2006)
  • The Vengeance of Rome (Jonathan Cape, 2006)

A brief summary of Mother London :

Joseph Kiss can read your most private thoughts, defuse unexploded bombs and find survivors in the ruins of the Blitz. He is a hero of the battle of England and he is addicted to television. Mary Galasee too, who has just emerged from a fifteen-year coma and David Mummery, a young writer who is fascinated by strange people who inhabit the London sewers. Mother London follows these characters for fifty years, and talks about their loves and adventures in the midst of proper British society who believe they are completely mad. It is a huge historical epic, hailed as Moorcock’s masterpiece.