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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.

(P)2016 HarperCollins Digital

Reviews

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