LONDON PECULIAR AND OTHER NONFICTION
by Michael Moorcock edited by Allan Kausch introduction by Iain Sinclair
“Moorcock’s reviews and critical essays seem to me exemplary. They are never routine, never obligatory, never tired. They seem to me to be models of what a creative writer should do when producing critical prose. His writing here is always a conversation, never a monologue … we feel lucky to be listening in.”- Alan Wall, novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist and Professor of Writing and Literature at the University of Chester, UK
“Huxley to Pynchon, and tasty tidbits from the Tea Party to Texas barbecue. Gleaned from a full half century of opinion and outcry, LONDON PECULIAR is the work of a man of letters in the grand tradition of Orwell and Dr. Johnson. It’s Old School and it’s all you need to know about Tomorrow.”- Terry Bisson, Hugo and Nebula award-winning novelist
Voted by the LONDON TIMES as one of the best writers since 1945, Michael Moorcock was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has won almost all the major Science Fiction, fantasy, and lifetime achievement awards including the “Howie,” the Prix Utopiales, and the Stoker. Best known for his rule-breaking SF and Fantasy, including the classic Elric and Howkmoon series, he is also the author of several graphic novels.
Now, in LONDON PECULIAR AND OTHER NONFICTION, Michael Moorcock personally selects the best of published and unpublished, and uncensored essays, articles, reviews, and opinions covering a wide range of subjects: books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes. Drawn from over 50 years of writing, including his most recent work from the pages of the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the GUARDIAN, along with obscure and now unobtainable sources, the pieces in LONDON PECULIAR AND OTHER NONFICTION showcase Moorcock at his acerbic best. They include:
. “London Peculiar,” an impassioned statement of Moorcock’s memories of wartime London.
. A review of R. Crumb’s GENESIS. Previously unavailable in English, this lengthy review of the underground comic artist’s retelling of the first book of the Bible leads Moorcock to address nostalgia for the ’60s.
. “Michael Moorcock 1939-” is the best autobiographical article to date, with a succinct recounting of Moorcock’s exciting, eventful life. From his childhood, to the heady days of editing NEW WORLDS in the swinging ’60s to his world travels in the following years, and up to the present day as a Texan elder statesman of letters, this essay sums up a lifetime of writing and adventurous living.
These along with dozens more, make this a collection Moorcock fans won’t want to miss, and the perfect introduction for new readers who will soon discover why Alan Moore (WATCHMEN) says: Moorcock seizes the 21 century bull by its horns and wrestles it into submission with a Texan rodeo confidence.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in London in 1939, Michael Moorcock now lives in Texas. A prolific and award-winning writer with more than 80 works of fiction and nonfiction to his name, he is the creator of Elric, Jerry Cornelius, and Colonel Pyat amongst many other memorable characters. His nonfiction has appeared in the SPECTATOR, the FINANCIAL TIMES, the GUARDIAN, the TELEGRAPH, and LOS ANGELES TIMES as well as many others.
978-1-60486-490-8 $22.00 6×9 Paperback 300 pages Literary Collection