‘King Of The City’

King Of The City

London:  Scribner hardcover and simultaneous trade-sized paperback, 2000 (May 8th);
original prices:  £16·99 (h/c), £9·99 (p/b);
vi + 421 pages;
I.S.B.N.s:  0-684-86143-7 (h/c) & 0-684-86140-2 (p/b);
cover artist:  blacksheep.

King Of The City was marketed (perhaps unwisely) as a sequel to Mother London (1988), although it shares little in common with its predecessor, other than taking up where that novel left off in the greed-driven ’80s, describing the consequences of unchecked capitalism during the remaining years of the twentieth century. In that regard, it might best be described more as a thematic sequel. A “Revised version” was published in 2016, as part of a companion trio together with Mother London and London Bone And Other Stories.


Scribner trade-sized paperback, 2001 (May);
original price:  £7·99;
vi + 421 pages;
cover artist:  blacksheep;
contains minor textual amendments.

First revised edition:  London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson trade-sized paperback, 2016 (June 30th);
sub-titled “A Fable” on title page;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  £9·99;
vi + 562 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-4732-1327-2;
cover artist:  Paul Catherall

(+ later reprint[s], £12·99)
Copyright page states “Revised version”, but should be more accurately ‘Version contains [further] minor textual amendments’.
Trade paperback (simultaneous 1st ed., not to scale).

First American edition:  New York: Morrow hardcover, 2001 (August [or possibly June]) but dated 2000 on copyright page;
original price:  $26·00;
vi + 421 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-380-97589-0;
cover artists:  David J. High & Ralph C. Del Pozzo

New York: Harper Perennial trade-sized paperback, 2002 (November);
original price:  $14·95;
vi + 421 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-380-79503-5;
cover artist:  Marc Atkins

King Of The City is also available as e-books: 978-0-06-204084-8 (U.S.A.) & 978-1-4732-1328-9 (U.K.).