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The English Assassin
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Author: Michael Moorcock
Series: Jerry Cornelius
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback

A master story-teller unwinds a tale that combines pin-pointed social history with an insouciant science-fiction to provide a tale which Tennyson would have turned into immortal verse. The characters alone stun: Una Persson, quasi music-hall artiste and revolutionary, a Modesty Blaise in print ; the sad-sack Colonel Pyat, a White Russian with a remarkable weltanschauung; and Jerry's cockney mother, a larger-than-life character whose ebullience threatens to shake the book apart at the stitchings…

If I invoke the combined names of Joyce, Cary, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw, it is to compliment and not to patronise the author. Such an invocation may also give the reader some vague idea of the brilliant talent behind this wayward, imaginative and wholly original novel.

BARRY COLE, NEW STATESMAN