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Juliette is an unpublished writer living in London. To make her stand out from all the other unpublished writers living in London she hennas her hair, wears fabulous shoes and is generally found on the arm of a ginger actor/songwriter. Her blog can be found at The Lady with the Laptop and she likes visitors, old pianos, gin and coconut macaroons.


If you only read one book this year, make it this one. Richard Mayhew, a City type from 'London above', helps Door, a girl whom he finds bleeding in the street. Unknown to him she is Lady Door of the House of Portico from 'London Below' and he swiftly finds his world changing as his flat is sold from under him, his job given to someone else and his fiancee forgets him. Like the other inhabitants of London Below, he has been removed from the city above and must survive along with Door, the Marquis de Carabas and the mysterious bodyguard Hunter in the murky, shadowy world of the Neverwhere.
Neverwhere is the kind of book that stays with you long after you have read it. Certainly I cannot go to certain places in London without thinking (perhaps even hoping!) that I might see the Black Friars, the Knight's Bridge and its rat-speakers, and the Seven Sisters. From Neil Gaiman's intricately dancing prose which captures the true spirit of magical London, to the wonderful characters such as the exquisite Marquis de Carabas, the terrifying Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar (which one is more scary? You decide!) and the glassy-cool Angel Islington, each page just leads to more eerie, darkly beautiful discoveries.

  • Read what Wiki has to say about this book here.
  • Here's Wiki's wise words on the man Gaiman.
  • This is Gaiman's blog.
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I haven't read this one. I will put it on my Christmas list! x


I started to read this in London 8 years ago, loved the beginning, but then the friend I was with wanted it back. I've never managed to read it since but really should! Thanks for the reminder - I think I'll follow in Caroline's footsteps and add it to my Christmas list!

Mark Zeitler

Coraline is such a fun and thrilling cartoon movie.

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