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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman
From New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, comes a novel of memory, magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.



His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.



THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.
Neil Gaiman is the acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards, his work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007) and the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film Coraline (2009). He has written scripts for 'Doctor Who' and collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and The Sandman is already established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R. R. Martin says, 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman'.Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of STARDUST and CORALINE, both of which are major motion films. His novel ANANSI BOYS debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.Neil's acclaimed novel NEVERWHERE was broadcast on Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra in March 2013, brought to life by a stellar cast of celebrated actors including James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head , Bernard Cribbins , Romola Garai, Christopher Lee, Andrew Sachs and Johnny Vegas.Neil's books have won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards for AMERICAN GODS, the Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal in Literature and have been translated into more than twenty-eight languages.Neil's official website, www.neilgaiman.com, has more than 1 million unique visitors each month, his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day and he has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter.
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Fragile Things

By Neil Gaiman

A dazzling book of short stories from one of modern fiction's greatest and most imaginative writers

A dazzling book of short stories from one of modern fiction's greatest and most imaginative writers Neil Gaiman.

The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With THE SANDMAN Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now Gaiman has produced FRAGILE THINGS, his second collection of short fiction. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary book reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.
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Neverwhere

By Neil Gaiman

The stunningly original and brilliant first novel from a storytelling genius

The stunningly original and brilliant first novel from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. Now a six part radio dramatisation on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

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.

Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review edition.

Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.
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Anansi Boys

By Neil Gaiman

Bursting with imaginative power, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama

Bursting with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman, this story blends fantasy with humour and drama.

Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fianc?e, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story... Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit'A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story about the impossibility of putting up with your relations - especially if they happen to be Gods. Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit. Guaranteed to make all but the most committed arachnophobe feel gratefully towards spiders' Susanna Clarke'The author...gives us powerful deities - Anansi is as charming and dangerous as he ought to be... A thoughtful, atmospheric novel''As imaginative fiction goes it has become clear that Gaiman has long since left any box. His credentials as a bankable novelist have grown with each title...from his epic of warring divinities, AMERICAN GODS, to ANANSI BOYS, which debuted at number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.''Mixing farce and fantasy, epic mythology and domestic drama, Gaiman's novel is a clever piece of storytelling and a celebration of the magic of make-believe.''Whizzing, twirling, erupting into dazzling cartwheels, firing off showers of multi-colored sparks, chortling to itself and muttering killer-diller one-liners, ANANSI BOYS draws the reader, ever more wide-eyed and amazed, into a world both feather-light and chockablock with mortal danger. Only Neil Gaiman could have brought this fraught enchantment into being, and the ongoing, ultimately revelatory travails of Fat Charlie Nancy display Gaiman's remarkable imaginative powers at full stretch. This book is going to sail off the shelves' Peter Straub'Neil Gaiman is one of the few genuinely intelligent writers of what is generally described as 'post-modern' fiction - his work is thoughtful, wise, spiritually challenging and incredibly funny...From Gaiman, it's a treasure, every word. I can't imagine a better way to start a holiday' Manda Scott, Church of England Newspaper, 22 July 2005'Brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic' Publishers Weekly, 18/7/05'Gaiman juggles several intersecting narratives expertly...blithely echoing numerous creation myths and folklore motifs, Terry Southern's antic farces, Evelyn Waugh's comic contes cruel, and even - here and there - Muriel Spark's whimsical supernaturalism...enormously entertaining throughout' Kirkus Reviews, 15 July 2005A book it's impossible not to love'Gaiman is best-known for his Sandman series of graphic novels, but here he demonstrates an equally vivid ability to portray the mythic and the fantastic in comic prose...slapstick and verbal pyrotechnics are the primary motors of the book. The "apparent effortlessness" of this sort of writing requires planning and execution of a very high order... Neil Gaiman is a very good writer indeed, and this is a very funny bedtime story''Bizarre, bonkers...rather brilliant''Exhilarating and terrifying''This is the most accomplished of Gaiman's novels thus far... Anansi Boys has charm going for it and a plot that pirouettes on a dime. Urbane and sophisticated''Part soap opera, part macabre fairy tale, part supernatural horror... Gaiman's writing is as sharp as ever, full of flair and fun...his characters are huge and full-blooded... Often hilarious and just as often unsettling, Anansi Boys is a dark delight''[Neil Gaiman is the] literary equivalent of a sexy rock star'Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.Praise for Neil Gaiman's writing: 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times, 'Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him' Stephen King, 'Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul' Michael Chabon2005 will see the release of Mirror Mask, a film written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson company and Columbia TristarExclusive to the Headline Review hardback edition: Anansi Boys deleted scene, Extracts from Neil Gaiman's Notebook, An Interview with Neil Gaiman, Reading-group Discussion Questionswww.neilgaiman.co.ukNeil Gaiman's books have been translated into over 28 languages
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Smoke and Mirrors

By Neil Gaiman

SMOKE AND MIRRORS will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul

This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman's short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.

An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

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Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location where he grows exotic pumpkins and accumulates computers and cats.
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Stories

By Al Sarrantonio, Neil Gaiman
A hugely original anthology of imaginative fiction?edited by?bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

A hugely original anthology of imaginative fiction edited by bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

Rather than being dictated by genre, for co-editors Gaiman and Sarrantonio there is only one true distinction in fiction: the one dividing realistic and imaginative fiction. STORIES is a collection of the very best original fiction from some of the most imaginative writers in the world, as well as a showcase for some of fiction's newer stars.

One hell of a huge book of great, exciting stories which will become a uniting force for readers of all forms of imaginative fiction.

'[An] anthology of the fantastic''An unmissable collection''A sometimes creepy, dark and dreamlike two thumbs up'

Al Sarantonio is an expert editor in this field and he has edited collections of horror writing with top authors of the genre including Stephen King.

Neil Gaiman has spent his adult life making things up and writing them down. He lives more in America than he does anywhere else. He has written books and films and children's books and television. He has a blog over at www.neilgaiman.com. He's won more than his fair share of literary awards, was voted twenty-first equal on a recent poll of Great British Authors, and has no idea where he put his keys.

Neil Gaiman's books have been translated into over 28 languagesNeil Gaiman was awarded the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal for THE GRAVEYARD BOOK in June 2010.AMERICAN GODS won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel, the Nebula Award for best novel and the Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in 2002 and was a nominee for the BSFA awardPraise for Neil Gaiman's writing: 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times, 'Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him' Stephen King, 'The chimerical stuff of nightmare and daydream' USA Today, 'Bizarre, bonkers...rather brilliant' Ian Hislop, 'Neil Gaiman is a very good writer indeed' Daily TelegraphCheck out Neil's fantastic website: www.neilgaiman.co.ukNeil Gaiman's novel STARDUST was a blockbuster success in July 2007, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, and directed by Matthew Vaughn (of LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS fame)
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...will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.
I believe anybody you read before the age of 16 will end up being your literary influences, good or bad. I loved Edwardian novelists; Kipling was a huge influence. Lou Reed and David Bowie were huge influences too, but I never realised until I'd grown up.

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    Stardust

    By Neil Gaiman
    This new edition of STARDUST includes exclusive new material.Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining....



    Includes extra material exclusive to Headline Review's edition'In prose that dances and dazzles, Gaiman describes the indescribable: the eerie colours, ravishing scents and dangerous laughter of Faerie'Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location where he accumulates computers and cats. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Sandman graphic novels.Exclusive to this new Headline Review edition: Wall: A Prologue, An Interview with Neil Gaiman, Reading-group Discussion QuestionsPraise for STARDUST: 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Times; 'A new fairy tale about a young man's hunt for his heart's desire, told in clear, rolling prose' Guardian; 'Like all fairytales, the prose is beautifully simple while the sheer density of the mythology is breathtaking' The List; 'STARDUST is charming in every sense of the word, and deeply satisfying' Time Out2005 will see the release of MIRROR MASK, a film written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Dave McKean for the Jim Henson company and Columbia TristarNeil Gaiman's books have been translated into over 28 languageswww.neilgaiman.co.uk
    As part of his research for the new book [American Gods] Neil took to the road to explore the interior of America, discovering cultural curiosities and 'the places you don't normally reach in fiction'.

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      American Gods

      By Neil Gaiman
      Headline celebrates the 10-year publication anniversary of this extraordinary novel from a storytelling geniusAfter three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break... Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to the heart of America.Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location where he accumulates computers and cats.AMERICAN GODS was shortlisted for the Stoker prize'Gaiman is a treasure-house of story and we are lucky to have him' STEPHEN KING'Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix' CLIVE BARKER'A very fine and imaginative writer' THE TIMES