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Neverwhere [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

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Book Description

July 1997
This is the story of a young businessman who gets trapped in a world that lies beneath the streets of London and is populated by saints, monsters, murderers and angels.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380973634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380973637
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'This is a wonderful booK - I had imagined it would sink without trace, but Headline now has him on board and this is back. Fantastic' Sarah Broadhurst, BOOKSELLER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'The sort of book Terry Pratchett might produce if he spent a month locked in a cellar with Franz Kafka' Wire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap 14 Dec 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Everybody traveling in London by Tube, is familiar with the loudspeaker's warning "Mind the Gap", that is the space between platform and train carriage. Reading Gaiman, "Gaps" takes on a much more complex meaning... People can fall through the cracks, literally, not only down onto the rails but much deeper, ending up in "London Below". Richard Mayhew, a young man with nothing much happening in his life, is an unlikely Samaritan. Still, when confronted with a choice he follows his charitable instinct and assists a wounded rag girl he finds lying in the street. To save her from her apparent killers he goes on a quest and from this moment his life turns into a rollercoaster of discovery and danger.
"Neverwhere" is a brilliant yarn of life in the underbelly of the city, with shady human characters, speaking rats and special "guides". There is more than one reality for sure. In London Above, Richard and the rag girl, named appropriately "Door", can be seen but not recalled beyond the moment. The real-life maze of London underground tunnels, hidden passageways and dead ends provide the existent, yet twisted, backdrop to the story. Time and distances have no meaning. The names of tube stations acquire new relevance: the Earl resides at Earl's Court, the black Friar monks are in Blackfriars and Islington is an Angel. Following Door and her unusual companions, Richard discovers the limits of his endurance. He has to question his existence and reality. While his desire to get back to his normal life keeps him going, his chances to shake loose from the shadowy underworld increasingly appear to diminish...
The novel, which expands on Gaiman's successful tv production, is a fascinating read, whether you know London or not (yet). His style is fluid and engaging, his characters are very much alive and moving the various layers of intrigue along at a good pace. [Friederike Knabe]
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161 of 171 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Buy British!!! 20 Sep 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Neverwhere is a fantastic piece of modern fantasy and I suggest that everyone who likes London and the surreal read it. I give it 5 stars, usually, but... DO NOT BUY THE AMERICAN VERSION!!! This is a British book, and the American version has been sorely edited. And I'm not talking about the second prologue, either. All my favorite lines are missing from the Avon printing. Apperantly Americans couldn't handle funny lines in serious scenes... So he edited out much good humour. Look, it's less good. Buy British!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap... 14 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
Richard Mayhew has just been "a Good Samaritan" to a girl lying bleeding on a London pavement, and has thereby ruined his entire life. The girl, you see, a young lady by the name of Door, is an important person in the world of "London Below", and some very unpleasant people are trying to kill her. By hiding her, Richard becomes "one of the people who fell through the cracks", invisible to the inhabitants of the normal world - London Above -and easy prey for the terrifying creatures of London Below. Until he finds Door again, and is sucked into her quest to find the murderers of her family...

Gaiman has created an eerie otherworld in the sewers of London and the tunnels and stations of the Underground that is complete in every detail and so interwoven with the "real" world that its frightening. Never having been to London, I'm starting to be a bit scared of the Tube Stations: real shepards at Shepards Bush (ones you don't ever want to meet), an earl in Earl's Court, saxophone players who live both in the Above and the Below, Old Bailey and Hammersmith are people, Knightsbridge is a bad neighbourhood...

And at the end you are left with enough answers to satisfy as concerns the main plotline, but not all the answers you want. There is so much detail in London Below that there are thousands of things begging to be explored and examined: The system of fiefdoms which apparently rules Below, but which is never really explained, the importance of Door's family, the Seven Sisters, the story of the swashbuckling, sardonic Marquis de Carabas (books could be written about him, he is undoubtably my favourite character) and more; really the list could go on forever. But that is what makes it all so convincing: Gaiman wastes no time explaining anything, he just tells the story.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman's Great and Secret Show 19 Sep 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Neil Gaiman is a favourite writer of mine and this is a good showcase for his talent for his dark and potent imagination. Magically he takes that famously surreal map of the London Underground and twists it into something far stranger that lies beneath and behind the real London - a place where the famous station names come alive. Here we have a real angel called Islington, a Earl who holds court on his own underground carriage and a group of religious recluses known as the Black Friars (to name but a few).
As with all Gaiman's work, there is a great deal of dark themes in the book (The streets of London Below owe a lot to those areas of London above where the homeless live) and Gaiman makes sure this doesn't turn into a simple one joke idea. His characterisations are absolutely fantastic. Whilst Richard (the hero) is a fairly bland innocent abroad, he balances him against the sly, old Marquis de Carabas and the pantomime villany of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - a pair of vicious (and yet comic) characters who look to have shambled straight out of a Victorian nightmare.
The story itself is taut, beautifully-written, thought-provoking and a pleasure to read. Not a long read but one I'm sure you will come back to time after time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literally opened Doors.
One of the best stories I've read in a while - a definite worth while buy and a must if you have lived or live in London.
Published 12 days ago by SS28
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read...
I enjoyed this book. Neil Gaiman has a fresh and interesting take on fantasy, reminded me of a book I read a few years ago called "the war of the flowers" by Tad Williams.
Published 19 days ago by vibhav ram
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
Imaginative, creative, intruiging. Three words that sprung into my head the minute I finished this book. Another brilliant novel by Mr Gaiman
Published 21 days ago by Mark
1.0 out of 5 stars ... had 5 stars so I thought it must be good. Unfortunately I didn't...
I bought it because it had 5 stars so I thought it must be good. Unfortunately I didn't like it at all and couldn't be bothered to try to plough through to the end. Read more
Published 24 days ago by j m nockolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story by the master.
Really wonderful story from the master of fantasy and story Neil Gaiman. This was my fourth book by Mr Gaiman and it's not failed to please. Wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Mike Hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous novel
I remember the BBC TV programme and never realised it was a Neil Gaiman novel. This is a wonderful adventure into a world of rich characters and intrigue. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. J. Buley
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I love this book ... One of very few books I will read again and again. I want to visit London below ....
Published 1 month ago by Philippe Philoppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman's best
This was the first Neil Gaiman book I ever read and it remains my favourite. It is perfect. Wonderfully written, weird, yet compelling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Neverwhere
Excellent, so beautifully written and I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more of Neil Gaiman`s work.
Published 2 months ago by Cat
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