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Neverwhere [Mass Market Paperback]

Neil Gaiman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2000

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, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining ... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; Export Ed edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0747266689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266686
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,100 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

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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

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122 of 124 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Neil Gaiman's 'Underside' is a delight from start to finish. Richard Mayhew, a young Scot living and working in London, finds himself helping a young girl lying in a street who is being pursued by two sinister looking men. Reluctantly, he finds himself being drawn into a tangled web of a plot that leads him to an London Below, a London that exists both beneath London and as a parallel alternative universe London, a London where people live who 'fall through the cracks.' This London is highly inventive, richly detailed, and, despite the unrealness of it, convincing. I, for one, will never be able to take the London Underground again and wonder about the trains with darkened windows that go though the stations without stopping ' Do they carry the court of the Earl on it? And how did Earl's Court get its name? Or Baron's Court, for that matter? I shall certainly never go to Harrods or go on board HMS Belfast without thinking of the Floating Market. London Below is peopled with colourful and strange characters ' The Lady Door, The Marquis de Carabas, Hunter, The Angel Islington, (now didn't you just wonder how The Angel Islington got its name?) and many others, including the menacing Mr Vandemar and Mr Croup. This is the sort of book that Michael Moorcock would be writing if he was still writing decent books. Even if you don't know London, this book is still wonderful ' you will want to get to know it. The story is gripping and the writing is vivid and sharp. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gaiman, by far, is the best writer writing fantasy today.
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170 of 180 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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67 of 71 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good vs evil,very inventive use of ordinary place names.
Published 4 days ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably bonkers
Imaginative story with a cast of semi mythical characters who are never quite what they seem. Always thought that there London Village was a scary place and this tale confirms my... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jeffrey Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman is a genius! This book is magical and a must read!
Neverwhere is one of my all time favourite books, I am a huge Gaiman fan and often recommend this book for those new to his writing to start with. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully creative storyteller
I read American Gods a while ago and was fascinated by Neil Gaiman's storytelling powers. Neverwhere is equally a hugely imaginative story that's been beautifully crafted by a... Read more
Published 10 days ago by SC
5.0 out of 5 stars A great BBC Radio adaptation that's well worth the listen
A great BBC Radio adaptation that's well worth the listen. It's not often that there is an ensemble of noteworthy actors to bring a book to life so sit back and enjoy Neverwhere... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Richard Simon Churchill
4.0 out of 5 stars You never know what's below.
An interesting piece of fantasy that relates to the human condition and weaknesses, I've listened to it twice and will listen again.
Published 14 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars I decided to start with Neverwhere and was not disappointed. I think...
I’ve been wanting to read something by Neil Gaiman for a long time but never got round to it.

I decided to start with Neverwhere and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Miss Joanna R. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Fantastic read, Loved the way London is portrayed in this book and the britishness of the characters, will be reading more of Gaiman in future. Read more
Published 19 days ago by CC32
5.0 out of 5 stars very unusual interesting book
Hadn't read anything by this author BUT I was researching the Marquis of Carabas. (A real fairy story character) and stumbled on this book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Marquise of Caribas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dark fantasy
I remembered this being one of my favourite Gaiman's books but I enjoyed re-reading it even more than the memory of it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by M. Brookes
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