Mother London

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Mother London
Mother london.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorMichael Moorcock
Cover artistPeter Dyer
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreLiterary fiction
PublisherSecker & Warburg
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages496 pp
Followed byKing of the City 

Mother London (1988) is a novel by Michael Moorcock. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. Although the city of London itself is perhaps the central character, it follows three outpatients from a mental hospital—a music hall artist (Josef Kiss), a reclusive writer (David Mummery) and a woman just awoken from a long coma (Mary Gasalee)—who experience the history of the city from the Blitz to the late eighties through chaotic experience and sensory delusions.[1] The novel is a non-chronological compilation of episodes, snippets and sidelines, rather than a single cohesive narrative. A piece in The Guardian called it 'a great, humane document'.[2]

Michael Moorcock is the editor of New Worlds and gained numerous critical acclaim and media attention.[3]



  1. ^ Phillips, Lawrence. London Narratives: Post-War Fiction and the City, London: Continuum, 2006, p 154.
  2. ^ "Crowning glory: Michael Moorcock's London". The Guardian. London.
  3. ^ Winter, Jerome. "Radiant Time: An Interview with Michael Moorcock". LA Review of Books.