By Neil Gaiman

National Bestseller

Selected as one among NPR’s most sensible a hundred technology Fiction and fable Books of All Time

The no 1 New York Times bestselling author’s final variation of his wildly winning first novel that includes his “preferred text”—and together with his new Neverwhere story, “How the Marquis acquired His Coat Back.”

Richard Mayhew is a tender guy with an exceptional middle and a standard lifestyles, that's replaced eternally while he stops to aid a lady he unearths bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him right into a global he by no means dreamed existed. There are those that fall during the cracks, and Richard has develop into certainly one of them. And he needs to discover ways to continue to exist during this urban of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he's ever to come to the London that he knew.

“A amazing tale that's either the stuff of goals and nightmares” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel has turn into a touchstone of city delusion, and a perennial favourite of readers everywhere.

“Delightful … inventively horrific.”

USA Today

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The man’s face fell. “Him? ” he stated, Richard disdainfully. “Look, I can’t spare a soul. How approximately if I easily slice his throat and ship him all the way down to the Sewer people . . . . ” The rat chittered once again, decisively, then leapt from the man’s shoulder onto the floor and vanished into one of many many holes that coated the partitions. The Lord Rat-speaker stood up. 100 eyes have been mounted on him. He grew to become again to the corridor and checked out his matters, crouched beside their greasy fires. “I don’t understand what you lot are all having a look at,” he shouted. “Who’s turning the spits, eh? you will want the grub to burn? There’s not anything to work out. move on. Get-get away with the lot of you. ” Richard stood up, nervously. His left leg had gotten numb, and he rubbed existence into it, because it prickled with pins and needles. Lord Rat-speaker checked out Iliaster. “He’s received to be taken to the industry. grasp Longtail’s orders. ” Iliaster shook his head, and spat onto the floor. “Well, I’m now not taking him,” he stated. “More than my life’s worthy, that trip. You rat-speakers have continually been reliable to me, yet I can’t return there. you recognize that. ” The Lord Rat-speaker nodded. He placed his dagger away, within the furs of his gown. Then he smiled at Richard with yellow enamel. “You don’t know the way fortunate you have been, simply then,” he acknowledged. “Yes I do,” stated Richard. “I quite do. ” “No,” stated the guy, “you don’t. you actually don’t. ” And he shook his head and acknowledged to himself, marvelling, “ ‘Ratty. ’ ” The Lord Rat-speaker took Iliaster through the arm, and the 2 of them walked a bit manner out of earshot and started to speak, darting appears again at Richard as they did so. the skinny woman used to be gulping down one in all Richard’s bananas in what used to be, Richard mirrored, the least erotic show of banana-eating he had ever obvious. “You comprehend, that was once going to be my breakfast,” stated Richard. She seemed up at him guiltily. “My name’s Richard. What’s yours? ” the woman, who, he learned, had already controlled to consume many of the fruit that Richard had introduced with him, swallowed the final of the banana and hesitated. Then she half-smiled, and acknowledged anything that sounded much like Anaesthesia. “I used to be hungry,” she stated. “Well, so’m I,” he informed her. She glanced on the little fires around the room. Then she regarded again at Richard. She smiled back. “Do you're keen on cat? ” she stated. “Yes,” stated Richard. “I really like cats. ” Anaesthesia appeared relieved. “Thigh? ” she requested. “Or breast? ” the lady known as Door walked down the court docket, through the marquis de Carabas. there have been 100 different little courts and mews and alleys in London similar to this one, tiny spurs of old-time, unchanged for 3 hundred years. Even the odor of piss right here used to be kind of like it have been in Pepys’s time, 300 years ahead of. there has been nonetheless an hour till sunrise, however the sky used to be commencing to lighten, turning a stark, leaden colour. Strands of mist hung like furious ghosts at the air. The door used to be approximately boarded up and coated with stained posters for forgotten bands and long-closed nightclubs. the 2 of them stopped in entrance of it, and the marquis eyed it, all forums and nails and posters, and he seemed unimpressed; yet then, unimpressed was once his default nation.

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