The View from the Cheap Seats
By Neil Gaiman
A collection of speeches, articles, essays and introductions from Sunday Times bestselling author, commentator and craftsman Neil Gaiman.
The View from the Cheap Seats draws together myriad non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett and Lou Reed, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
'Literature does not occur in a vacuum. It cannot be a monologue. It has to be a conversation'
Welcome to the conversation. Neil Gaiman fled the land of journalism to find truths through storytelling and sanctuary in not needing to get all the facts right. Of course, the real world continued to make up its own stories around him, and he has responded over the years with a wealth of ideas and introductions, dreams and speeches. Here 'we can meet the writer full on' (Stephen Fry) as he opens our minds to the people he admires and the things he believes might just mean something - and makes room for us to join the conversation too.
Neil Gaiman is the author of over thirty acclaimed books and graphic novels for adults and children, including AMERICAN GODS, CORALINE, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and his most recent bestselling novel, THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE which was highly acclaimed and won several awards, including being voted Book of the Year in the National Book Awards 2013.
Neil Gaiman's work has been adapted for film, television and radio. He has written scripts for Doctor Who, collaborated with authors and illustrators including Terry Pratchett, Dave McKean and Chris Riddell, and THE SANDMAN is established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R R Martin says: 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman.'
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31 May 2016
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If this book came to you during a despairing night, by dawn, you would believe in ideas and hope and humans again — Caitlin Moran
Gaiman is god in the universe of story and for millions this will be a holy book — Stephen Fry
Like a series of thoughts for the day, it's a perfect antidote to cynicism and a paean to the power of reading — Observer
Neil Gaiman shows that while we might come to his writing for gods and monsters, actually all human life is here — Independent
Read every single word. Some of this stuff you won't care about at all - until Gaiman explains to you why it matters. Then, you will care. You will care deeply. You might even care forever — Elizabeth Gilbert
[Gaiman] is 100% pure writer. He has the ability to stimulate your thought process by expertly communicating his own — Craig Ferguson
Part archive, part hymnal, full of devotion and erudition, this is also a glorious love letter to reading, to writing, to dreaming, to an entire genre — Junot Diaz
An intimate, erudite and illuminating conversation with one of the great minds of fantasy — Guillermo del Toro
Proves the former journalist has lost none of his touch for astute observations — Metro