London Below (Book 1)

Neil Gaiman
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Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman's darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy.

It is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her-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.


SHE HAD BEEN RUNNING for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels. She was hungry, and exhausted, and more tired than a body could stand, and each successive door was...

About the Author:

Neil Gaiman is the creator of The Sandman comic book series and the bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere (1995), Stardust (1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods (2001), Coraline (2002), Anansi Boys (2005), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013), Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990) and a retelling of the Norse myths: Norse Mythology (2017). His short story collections include Smoke and Mirrors (1998) and Fragile Things (2006). His screenwriting credits include the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere (1996), Dave McKean's first feature film, Mirrormask (2005), two Doctor Who episodes, and Good Omens (2019).

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Loved It

After hearing Neil Gaiman read this book, I am certain that any of his audiobooks should be sought out and listened to. Creative and hilarious to the point of tears.

11/1/2022 7:13:13 AM
Loved It
great world building

This was my first experience with adult science fiction, and I'm sad that it's over. In the same vein, I can't wait to get my hands on more of Neil Gaiman's works.

10/29/2022 4:30:58 PM
Loved It
dark and twisty

Magnificent in every way. Since reading Pullman's His Dark Materials, I have not been this engrossed in a fantastical setting. Wow, this is a true literary gem.

10/31/2022 12:16:28 PM
comic book fantasy

I read this for a book club and ended up loving it. a fantastic read with fascinating characters and an exciting plot that I couldn't put down.

10/27/2022 7:29:14 PM
Loved It
weird and wonderful fantasy

Other than an amazing comic series (Sandman), I believe this is my first Gaiman.I thought it was fantastic.

10/28/2022 6:36:59 AM
Loved It
very witty and funny

The comedy aspects were great and kept me reading to the end. I liked how the book ended.

10/28/2022 7:54:48 AM

What can you read after