The Great Victorian Collection

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The Great Victorian Collection
First UK edition
AuthorBrian Moore
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherJonathan Cape (UK)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (US)
McClelland and Stewart (Canada)
Publication date
2 June 1975 (US)
Preceded byCatholics (1972) 
Followed byThe Doctor's Wife (1976) 

The Great Victorian Collection, published in 1975, is a fantasy novel by Northern Irish-Canadian writer Brian Moore. Set in Carmel, California, it tells the story of a man who dreams that the empty parking lot he can see from his hotel window has been transformed by the arrival of a collection of priceless Victoriana on display in a vast open-air market. When he awakes he finds that he can no longer distinguish the dream from reality.

The book won the 1975 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction[1] and, in Canada in 1975, the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction.[2]

The American science fiction author and poet Thomas M. Disch included The Great Victorian Collection in his list of "modern classic" fantasy novels.[3]


  1. ^ "The Man Booker Prizes: Brian Moore". Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Governor General's Literary Awards" [table of winners, 1936–1999]. online guide to writing in canada ( Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Disch, Thomas M. "13 Great Works of Fantasy from the Last 13 Years", in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, July–August 1983.TZ Publications, Inc. (p. 61)