The Whispering Swarm (Paperback)
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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 09/06/2016
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Every day of my life, after all I have learned and the many dangers I have survived, I still reflect on the circumstances which drew me to that part of the City of London I know as ‘Alsacia’, which her inhabitants call ‘the Sanctuary’. I learned that magic is as dangerous as we are told it is and that romance can be more destructive than reality. Worse, I came to know and fear the fulfilment of my deepest desires.

With his first full novel in almost ten years (not counting his contribution to the Doctor Who canon), Michael Moorcock - the most influential figure in modern fantasy and science fiction - returns to the city of his birth.

London has always been a central character in Moorcock's work, from the high-literary fiction of Mother London to the roof gardens of Jerry Cornelius. Now he returns to London just after the war, a city desperately trying to get back on its feet and to one young boy, Michael Moorcock, who is about to discover a world of magic and wonder.

Between his first tentative approaches to adulthood - a job on Fleet Street, the first stirrings of his interest in writing - and a chance encounter with a mysterious Carmelite Friar, we see a version of Moorcock's life that is simultaneously a biography and a story. Mixing elements of his real life with his adventures in a parallel London peopled with highwaywomen, musketeers and magicians, this is Moorcock at his dazzling, mercurial best.

‘This is a discursive book, with as many meditations on the nature of marriage, metaphysics, religion and science as there are rollicking sword fights.’ – The Guardian

Once described as a writer who ‘never saw a boundary he didn’t want to cross, blur or dispense with altogether’ Michael Moorcock is known for his seminal and influential works of science fiction, most notably his Elric of Melniboné stories as well as prize-winning mainstream fiction including Mother London which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473213333
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
displaying as it does the full spectrum of Moorcock's idiosyncratic qualities...fusing the literary approach of MOTHER LONDON with the generic fun of his earlier work * Literary Review *
Fizzes with idea and layers of meaning that transcend the comic-book plot. Bring on part two * The Times *
Whispering Swarm is fantastically entertaining...Welcome back Mr Moorcock; nobody else quite has your style * SFX *
inexhaustibly inventive...welcome back Michael * The Spectator *
Beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive * Sci-Fi Now *
[in THE WHISPERING SWARM] the capital becomes a character, much as it did in Moorcock's 1988 masterpiece MOTHER LONDON * The Financial Times *
a discursive book, with as many meditations of marriage, metaphysics, religion and science as there are rollicking sword fights * The Guardian *
merging autobiography and fantasy may not appeal to everyone...but I think it comes off because so much of a writer's life is conducted in his head and in books - his own, and other peoples...the whispering swarm is the contact internal murmuring made from books which demand to be made * The Sunday Telegraph *
Odd and compelling, rambling and intense, Moorcock guides us through the byways of his extraordinary mind and explores the sources of his fiction * The Daily Mail *
The resulting tale is enough to make you wish all writers would garland their memoirs with highway men and cavaliers and roundheads * The Observer *

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As a relatively new fan of the sci-fi fantasy genre I had not heard o0f Michael Moorcock or read any of his previous works. I feel that I can give a un-bias opinion of this new book for that reason. The book was, at... More

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