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Neverwhere

by NEIL GAIMAN

SYNOPSIS

Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

 

WHY I LOVE IT

There is no book quite like Neverwhere. A story brimming with darkness and delight, it’s a whimsical and haunting fantasy tale of a world beneath the London underground. Richard Mayhew, after falling into misfortune, stumbles into Door, who takes him on a rip-roaring adventure that rarely slows down.

There’s always more to Neil Gaiman’s writing than just what’s on the surface; he references old texts and generates new schools of thought. Immense pleasure can be found while plumbing the depths of his frightening and darkly humorous worlds. Neverwhere stands on its own as a uniquely imagined experience that’s sure to be counted as a classic of post-modern literature.

Neverwhere ignites the imagination and provides food for the soul. It’s one of my favorite books.