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The Whispering Swarm

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The long-awaited first volume in a new series by Britain's master of fantasy is a strange beast indeed. Strongly autobiographical and a hall of mirrors reflecting Moorcock's own life and literary circles, it is also the tale of an apocryphal area of London, the Alsacia with at its heart a medieval Carmelite monastery, where time runs differently and characters from various periods of history as well as from the realms of popular fiction, coexist in in an unstable equilibrium, into which a callow tyro writer and journalist called Michael Moorcock ventures. Highwaymen, musketeers, roundheads, swordsmen and women, the cosmic balance between chaos and equilibrium: all Moorcock's idiosyncratic obsessions merge in a thrilling stew which blends pure adventure, myth and existential questioning. Where the next volume will take us is anyone's guess but, in the meantime, this is something quite unique. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Michael Moorcock you might also like to read books by Mark Hodder, Christopher Priest and Richard Matheson.

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Synopsis

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

With his first full novel in almost ten years (not counting his Doctor Who book), 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 return to London just after the war, a city desperately trying to get back on its feet. And 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.

About the Author

Michael Moorcock is one of the most important figures in British SF and Fantasy literature. The author of many literary novels and stories in practically every genre, his novels have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Whitbread and Guardian Fiction Prize. In 1999, he was given the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award; in 2001, he was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame; and in 2007, he was named a SFW A Grandmaster. Michael Moorcock is also a musician who has performed since the seventies with his own band, the Deep Fix; and, as a member of the prog rock band, Hawkw ind, won a gold disc. His tenure as editor of New Worlds magazine in the sixties and seventies is seen as the high w atermark of SF editorship in the UK, and was crucial in the development of the SF New Wave. Michael Moorcock's literary creations include Hawkmoon, Corum, Von Bek, Jerry Cornelius and, of course, his most famous character, Elric. He has been compared to, among others, Balzac, Dumas, Dickens, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert E. How ard. Although born in London, he now splits his time between homes in Texas and Paris.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th July 2015

Author

Michael Moorcock

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Author's Website

www.multiverse.org/

Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback

Categories

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ISBN

9781473213326

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