Casablanca (collection)

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A collection of short stories and articles published December 1989.

Publishing History (UK)

  • Hardcover, Gollancz, 267pp., ISBN: 0-575-04528-0, 1989, Cover by Michael O’Shaughnessy
  • Paperback, Gollancz, 256pp., ISBN: 0-575-05445-X, 14 Jan 1993, Cover by Diane Pfister

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Short Stories


  • Introduction
  • 'Scratching a Living'[1]


  • 'Mervyn Peake'[2]
  • 'Harlan Ellison'[3]
  • 'A Fiercer Hen'[4]
  • 'Angus Wilson'[5]
  • 'Andrea Dworkin'[6]
  • 'Maeve Gilmore'[7]


  • 'Taking the Life Out of London'[8]
  • 'The Smell of Old Vienna'[9]
  • 'Literally London'[10]
  • 'People of the Book'[11]
  • 'London Lost and Found'[12]
  • 'Building the New Jerusalem'[13]

Pornography & Politics

  • 'Who’s Really Covering Up?'[14]
  • 'What Feminism Has Done for Me'[15]
  • 'Caught up in Reality'[16]
  • 'Anti-Personnel Capability'[17]
  • 'The Case Against Pornography'[18]


  • Introduction (Adding to the Legend)


  1. In Punch, Apr 17 1985
  2. As “Peake: Talent into Genius” in Books and Bookmen, Apr ’79; review of Peake’s Progress
  3. As “Moorcock on Ellison” in New Worlds #215 1979; also as "Introduction" in The Fantasies of Harlan Ellison, Gregg Press, 1979
  4. In The New Statesman, Jul 29 ’76; review of Again, Dangerous Visions and The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
  5. In Radio Times, Sep 10 1983
  6. In The New Statesman, May 27 1988
  7. As “Harlequin and Harlequina’s House of Painted Magic” in The Guardian, Nov 17 1988; obituary of Maeve Gilmore
  8. As “A Lacklustre London” in The London Daily News, 1987; review of Londoners
  9. In Los Angeles Times, Jul 3 1988; review of Postcards from the End of the World
  10. In Punch, 1988; review of Literary London
  11. As “Celebrating Romance” in The Daily Telegraph, 1988; uncut version of a review of Leo the African
  12. As “On the Seamy Side” in The Daily Telegraph, Nov 5 1988; uncut version of a review of The Night and the City
  13. As “Future Shock” in Time Out, Oct 12 1988
  14. As “The Fortunes of Filth” in The Guardian, Jul 1 1988; review of Porn Gold
  15. 1988, previously unpublished
  16. As "Introduction", Bird of Prey, Tasane & Dreyfuss, 1989
  17. In The New Statesman, Nov 18 1977
  18. 1988, previously unpublished


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