Fiddle City (Harper & Row/Perennial Library, 1989)


Notes on this edition: Fiddle City. New York: Harper & Row (First Perennial Library Edition), 1989. Pp. 173. 18 cm. ISBN: 0060809523.

Fiddle City (Orion Books, 2015)


Notes on this edition: Fiddle City. London: Orion Books, 2015. Pp. 194. 23 cm. ISBN: 9781409150213

Orion Books republished all four Dan Kavanagh novels in hardback and paperback. This is the paperback edition of the second Kavanagh novel Fiddle City, originally published by Jonathan Cape (1980).

Fiddle City (Pantheon Books, 1986)


Notes on this edition: First American edition New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Pp. 173. 18 cm. ISBN: 0394744411. $3.95.

Julian Barnes’s second novel written under the pseudonym of “Dan Kavanagh” was never published in hardback in the U.S., thus making the Pantheon Books edition the first American edition.

Descriptive Bibliography:

Title Page: FIDDLE CITY | [decorative line] | Dan Kavanagh | [Pantheon device] | PANTHEON BOOKS | NEW YORK

Copyright Page: Copyright © 1981 by Dan Kavanagh. | All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright | Conventions. Published in the United States by Pantheon Books, a divi- | sion of Random House, Inc., New York. Hardcover edition originally | published in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, in 1981. | Manufactured in the United States of America | First Pantheon Paperback Edition

Collation: 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-173 [174-176]. [1]: ‘FIDDLE CITY’. [2]: ‘BY THE SAME AUTHOR | Duffy’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Craig and Li’. [6]: blank. 7-173: text. [174]: ‘Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. | After an uncompromising adolescence, at nineteen | he became assistant entertainments officer on a Jap- | anese supertanker and traveled the world. He has | been a pianist in a waterfront bar in Macao, a bag- | gage handler at San Francisco Airport, and has | flown light planes on the Colombian cocaine route. | He is currently working in London at jobs he de- | clines to specify, and lives in North Islington. He is | also the author of Duffy.’. [175-176]: advertisements.

General description: Binding 17.5 x 10.5 cm. Paperbound in white.  Lettered in light blue (title) and white (author), with cover design by Louise Fili. 

Vol à tous les étages | Fiddle City (Actes Sud, 1993; French)


Notes on this edition: Vol à tous les étages | Fiddle City. Arles: Actes Sud, 1993. Pp. 290. 19 cm. Translated by Philippe Loubat-Delranc. ISBN: 274270048x. (French).

French translation of Dan Kavanagh’s second crime novel Fiddle City. Bottom front cover states “Collection Polar Sud”.

The Duffy Omnibus (Penguin, 1991)


Notes on this edition: The Duffy Omnibus. London: Penguin, 1991. Pp. 740. ISBN: 9780140158243

Includes all four Dan Kavanagh novels: DuffyFiddle CityPutting the Boot InGoing to the Dogs.

Le Port de la Magouille | Fiddle City (Gallimard, 1982; French)


Notes on this edition: Le Port de la Magouille | Fiddle City. [Paris]: Gallimard, 1982. Pp. 250 [1]. Translated by R. Fitzgerald. Série noire. (French).

Ritselstad | Fiddle City (Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1985; Dutch)


Notes on this edition: Ritselstad | Fiddle City. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Arbeiderspers, 1985. Pp. 196. Translated by C. Buddingh’. (Dutch).

Yalan Dolan Kenti | Fiddle City (Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2000; Turkish)


Notes on this edition: Yalan Dolan Kenti. Istanbul: Ayrıntı Yayinlari, 2000. Pp. 168. Translated by Serdar Rifat Kırkoğlu. (Turkish).

愚か者の街 | Fiddle City (Hayakawa, 1982; Japanese)


Notes on this edition: 愚か者の街 (Orokasha no machi). Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishing, 1982. Pp. 165. Translated by Yoshinobu Tamura. 

Hayakawa published this Japanese translation as part of their “Pocket Mystery” series the year after the first U.K. edition of Fiddle City. The paperback covers of the book are wrapped in a transparent plastic, as pictured.

Fiddle City (Jonathan Cape, 1981)


Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes published Fiddle City under the pseudonym ‘Dan Kavanagh’ in 1981. Fiddle City is the second book in a series of four crime novels featuring a bisexual detective Nick Duffy. The other novels in the series include Duffy (1980), Putting the Boot In (1985), and Going to the Dogs (1987). The plot of Fiddle City involves a smuggling scheme at Heathrow Airport.

Descriptive Bibligraphy: First edition – London: Jonathan Cape, 1981. £5.95. Print run: 2500.

Title Page: FIDDLE CITY | Dan Kavanagh | [Jonathan Cape device] | JONATHAN CAPE | THIRTY BEDFORD SQUARE LONDON

Copyright Page: First published 1981 | Copyright © 1981 by Dan Kavanagh | Jonathan Cape Ltd, 30 Bedford Square, London WC1 | British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data | Kavanagh, Dan | Fiddle City. | I. Title | 823’.914[F] PR6061.A895/ | ISBN 0-224-01977-5 | Photoset by Rowland Phototypesetting Ltd | Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk | Printed in Great Britain by | St Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Collation: 19.7 x 12.8 cm. Pp. [1-6] 7-173 [174-176]. [1]: ‘FIDDLE CITY’. [2]: ‘by the same author | DUFFY’. [3]: title page. [4]: copyright page. [5]: ‘To Craig and Li’. [6]: blank. 7-173: text. [174-176]: blank.

General description: Binding 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Blue boards, gold blocked on spine. Blue dust jacket lettered in white (title) and light blue (author), with a color image of Heathrow airport. No author photograph.