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Neverwhere (the novel) is Neil Gaiman's first solo novel, based on his script for a BBC television series. The novel was originally released by BBC Books in 1996, three episodes into the television series run. It was accompanied by a spoken word CD and cassette release, also by the BBC. The novel enjoyed great success, whereas its television roots did not receive as much international exposure as the novel. In addition to being translated into various languages, it was also re-published as an 'Author's Preferred Text' version, (a combination of the international and original English version, with additional scenes re-inserted by Gaiman) alongside American Gods in 2006. This first edition of the novel has a cover by longtime Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, taken from the birds head rings, flaming fist and London Underground styled graphics created by McKean for the series, as well as a brief section by Gaiman on the making of the series.
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Neverwhere's protagonist, Richard Mayhew, learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. He ceases to exist in the ordinary world of London Above, and joins a quest through the dark and dangerous London Below, a shadow city of lost and forgotten people, places, and times. His companions are Door, who is trying to find out who hired the assassins who murdered her family and why; the Marquis of Carabas, a trickster who trades services for very big favors; and Hunter, a mysterious lady who guards bodies and hunts only the biggest game. London Below is a wonderfully realized shadow world, and the story plunges through it like an express passing local stations, with plenty of action and a satisfying conclusion. The story is reminiscent of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but Neil Gaiman's humor is much darker and his images sometimes truly horrific. Puns and allusions to everything from Paradise Lost to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz abound, but you can enjoy the book without getting all of them. Gaiman is definitely not just for graphic-novel fans anymore. --Nona VeroFrom the Back Cover:
Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”
Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.
Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
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Book Description BBC Books, 1996. Condition: Good. Limited Ed. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97992114
Book Description BBC Books, Great Britain, 1996. Hard Back. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Jacket price clipped and creased and torn at edges, and has slight indentations to the surface. Jacket damp stained on the reverse along the top and bottom edges. No mention of any reprints at reverse title page. Jacket depicts a fist on fire. Pages browned with age and have a damp stained watermark along the fore-edge down to the bottom open corner. Inside, pages are clean and bright with no inscriptions. Very early signs of foxing to page edges. 287pp. Size: 9.5"/6.5". Seller Inventory # 045360
Book Description 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. FIRST EDITION. 1996 BBC Books first hardcover edition. A nice copy; light reading wear, price-clipped dustjacket otherwise in very good condition. Seller Inventory # 0P-6P6Y-BIPO
Book Description BBC Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First edition. No mention of other printings on the copyright page. Dust jacket is lightly rubbed at the edges. Slight delamination at the bottom edge of the front panel. 3" closed tear to the top edge of the front panel. Jacket is surprisingly clean and bright despite its flaws. Boards are lightly bumped at the spine ends. Binding is tight and sound. Small barcode sticker and the faint impression of an erased pencil mark both on the front free end paper. Interior is otherwise clean and unmarked. Seller Inventory # 000686
Book Description BBC Books, 1996. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0563387939-2-4
Book Description BBC, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 1st edition, 1st impression, hardback in unclipped dustjacket. Signed by the author on the title page - he has also written 'Mind the Gap' - with no other inscriptions. This is also one of the limited edition of 500, with the limited edition bookplate on front endpaper, signed by Neil Gaiman. Both book and jacket in near fine condition, with no inscriptions. Not ex library or a remainder. Scans available on request. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 009540