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.
'If this book came to you during a despairing night, by dawn, you would believe in ideas and hope and humans again' Caitlin Moran
'Literature does not occur in a vacuum. It cannot be a monologue. It has to be a conversation'
This collection will draw you in to exchanges on making good art and Syrian refugees, the power of a single word and playing the kazoo with Stephen King, writing about books, comics and the imagination of friends, being sad at the Oscars and telling lies for a living. Here Neil Gaiman opens our minds to the people he admires and the things he believes might just mean something - and welcomes us to the conversation too.
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
[Gaiman] is charming, enthusiastic, full of wonder — Guardian