This is a novel with dozens of stories and no plot. Instead, the book is constructed as a kind of wheel, revolving around central scenes set in the London Blitz (and some of the best scenes are these). The wonderfully warm, generous personality of Joseph Kiss, perhaps Moorcock himself, permeates the novel and his love for Mrs Mary Gasalee, who has spent much of her life in a coma after being blitzed, culminates in a wedding scene worthy of Dickens. London, from 1940 to the present, is lovingly brought to life and her millions of denizens are represented in the 'voices' which Kiss and his colleagues (apparently mad) can hear in their minds. This is not a fantasy device, but a means of bringing on what is essentially a 'chorus'. The Scaramanga sisters are tremendous characters and the novel abounds with a host of wonderful, eccentric people. I must admit I fell in love with Joseph Kiss and longed to wander the city with the same mixture of insouciant courage and pleasure. It probably isn't possible to do that so easily, these days, so MOTHER LONDON will have to suffice. It made me nostalgic for a sweeter, safer, perhaps more generous London. And if you want another great cast of characters, who live in a more contemporary London, try KING OF THE CITY, which is a kind of companion to MOTHER LONDON. I can't praise this novel enough. It is a mighty thing!