A New York Times Bestseller
A 2008 Audie Award Finalist
A 1998 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Adult Literature
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. He must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
“A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy and a perennial favorite of readers everywhere.
“I didn’t ever want this book to end...Hunter, Islington, Door—these characters are part of my life now…I’m over the moon with this book.”
“Delightful…Inventively horrific…[It] draws equally from George Lucas, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and John Milton…The chimerical stuff of nightmare and daydream.”
“Darkly whimsical…The narrative whips along at a breakneck pace…There are plenty of laughs as geography takes on a mythical dimension and the Underground transforms into a house of mystery and imagination.”
“A rich blend of observation and imagination—seedy, scary, charming, alive…It’s a well-paced, entertaining read with a bracing core of pain and sweetness.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.
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- Publisher: HarperCollins
- ISBN-13: 9780061549113