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2 3222.1073741830.180877178221/10151980412473222/?type=3&the ater

3 A bit about Neil… Born in Portchester in 1960. Now lives in the USA. First book – Duran Duran Biography! “Literary Rock Star” Nearly 2 Million Followers on Twitter (@neilhimself)

4 Three Authors in One 1.Children/YA Novelist 2.Novelist for adults 3.Graphic novelist Also writes short stories and written for TV/film, including two recent Doctor Who episodes…

5 Books for the young “Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.” – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

6 The one with the ‘buttons for eyes’buttons for eyes Unknown merges with the known A twisted (but hopeful) fairy tale – GK Chesterton epigraph at start of novel

7 The Jungle Book as reimagined by Neil Gaiman Union of the Natural and the Supernatural – Danse Macabre

8 Adult Novels

9 His ‘Great American Novel’ America’s troubled reality A plethora of mythologies

10 A dark ‘fairy tale for grown ups’ Uses classic fairy tale tropesclassic fairy tale tropes Victorian setting

11 Graphic Novels

12 * In my opinion His Masterpiece* * - In my opinion

13 The Endless Destiny Death Dream Destruction Desire Despair Delirium (formerly Delight)

14 Illusion and Allusion A few examples… A Dream of a Thousand Cats –Plato’s Parable of the Cave A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Furies

15 Neil in a Nutshell “Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix.” Clive Barker

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