‘Mother London’

Mother London

London:  Secker & Warburg, 1988 (June 20th) hardcover;
sub-titled “A Novel” on title page;
original price:  £9·95;
496 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-436-28461-8;
cover artist:  Krüdd Art.

Considered by many to be Moorcock’s magnum opus, the critically acclaimed and technically brilliant Mother London is a celebration of the virtues and charms of London and Londoners which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. It has occasional elements of fictionalised autobiography, found in each of its three main protagonists, Mary Gasalee, Josef Kiss, and particularly David Mummery who resembles the younger Moorcock in several childhood reminiscences. A “Revised version” was published in 2016as part of a companion trio together with King Of The City and London Bone And Other Stories.

First edition

First paperback edition: London: Penguin trade-sized paperback, 1989 (June 8th);
sub-titled “A Novel” on title page;
original price:  £4·99;
496 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-
cover artist:  Liz Pyle.

London: Scribner trade-sized paperback, 2000 (May 8th);
no sub-title;
original price:  £7·99;
496 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-684-86141-0;
cover artist:  blacksheep.

Scribner trade paperback, 2004 ;
cover artist:  David Mann.

First revised edition:  London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson trade-sized paperback, 2016 (June 30th);
sub-titled “A Novel” on title page;
edited by John Davey;
original price:  £9·99;
x + 531 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  978-1-473-21325-8;
cover artist:  Paul Catherall

(+ later reprint[s], £10·99)
Copyright page states “Revised version”, but should be more accurately ‘Version contains [further] minor textual amendments’.

First American edition:  New York: Harmony hardcover1989 (January);
sub-titled “A Novel” on title page;
original price:  $19·95;
496 pages;
I.S.B.N.:  0-517-57183-8;
cover artist:  Krüdd Art.

(+ book blub ed. [trade-p/b])

New York: Perennial Library trade-sized paperback, 1990 (January);
sub-titled “A Novel”;
original price:  $8·95;
496 pages;

I.S.B.N.:  0-06-097309-9;
cover artist:  Greg Ragland.

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Mother London is also available as an e-book: 9781473213265.