Wednesday, 3 September 2008

I live by the river

Read Neverwhere! - Actually, this instruction is one I'd like to give more often, as Neil Gaiman's story of an alternate London is one of my all time favourite London books. As Harper Collins have kindly made it available as a free e-read for a month (download or online) I have a good excuse to do so today.

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancee. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk*, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.

Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of - a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels.

London-under-London is such a vivid and a rich place, and Neil's love of the city shines through so strongly - highly recommended.

* their blurb -- the word's pavement. Sorry.

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