Neverwhere is a pretty delightful novel. Intended to be a sort of Alice in Wonderland for adults, the novel has a very fairy tale feel as it explores life in London Below – a place that is quite literally what it sounds like: a world below London – where all those forgotten by society end up. Within the world of London Below are all sorts of people: beings who skew closer to what you might find in classical stories (vampire-esque creatures, witches, etc); odd, mostly-human characters who have a bunch of quirks; and anybody else who might fall into the category of people-forgotten-by-society-at-large (homeless people, runaway children, etc). The story, however, isn’t really about London Below or its inhabitants. Rather, it’s about how one regular human, Richard Mayhew, gets dragged into this world
Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent. Over the years, various versions have been produced around the world. In 2016, this gorgeously illustrated edition of the novel was released in the UK. It is now available here, and features strikingly atmospheric, painstakingly detailed black-and-white line art by Chris Riddell, one of Gaiman’s favourite artistic interpreters of his work.