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Neverwhere: A Novel (Paperback)
I wonder how many times I can say “this book is required fall reading” before everyone gets sick of me and boots me to the curb with my stack of Neil Gaiman novels, dog-eared and soft-edged from being tossed into every bag I own. If that day comes – and I’m sure it will – I hope it is not today, because I haven’t told you yet about Neverwhere.
Neil Gaiman originally wrote this as a TV miniseries for BBC2 in 1996, and then expanded upon the story and published it as a novel later that year. The story follows Richard Mayhew, a generally hapless man living in London and doing what can only be described as “getting by” – working a job that’s just fine, living in an apartment that’s too small and too “boy”, engaged to a woman named Jessica who, though beautiful, is not very nice to him. He’s perfectly content living this way – it’s all very comfortable. Until, against Jessica’s wishes, he helps a young woman, homeless and bleeding out on the sidewalk, pursued by forces bigger and more deadly than Richard can even imagine. In helping this girl, he's pulled into a completely unfamiliar world with few objectives other than “stay alive” and “mind the gap”.
This is one of my favorite books to reread. Every single time it’s infinitely more complex than I remember it, and I end up delighted and spooked by the end. In a nutshell, Neverwhere can be summed up like so:
FUN! MAGIC! GROSS! STINKY? SCARY! SEWER PEOPLE! RATS? RATS!!!! BEASTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Grace, Longfellow Books— From Grace Recommends!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, a novel of bold creativity and narrative genius that brings to life a world most people could never even dream of―one of ten classic Gaiman works repackaged with elegant original watercolor art by acclaimed artist Henry Sene Yee
Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. A single act of kindness to a ragged girl he finds injured on the street catapults young businessman Richard Mayhew out of his workaday life into a world that is both familiar and threateningly bizarre.
Displaying bold creativity and narrative genius, Neverwhere is a dark, funny, and seductive tale that has become a contemporary literary touchstone.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
“For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read ... readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.” — Huffington Post
“For those who have never been to Neverwhere, it’s time to go. For those who may have traveled once before, this new edition is calling out to you. There is more to see, hear and learn.” — Suspense Magazine