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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Like Oliver Twist On Acid

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere is a startlingly original piece of fantasy writing. Gripping, amusing and often genuinely moving, it bursts from between the covers and grips you by the throat.

Like Oliver Twist on acid, the story is set in an alternative London, peopled by the characters who fall through the cracks of our normal, everyday society. Every chapter is full of impossible happenings.

At the start of the book the central character, Richard Mayhew, has a good job with an investment bank, a beautiful, if somewhat formidable, fiancee and a future that is clearly mapped out ahead of him. By the end of the book he has lost all of this but he has gained something much more important - a place in a world where nothing is guaranteed but everything is possible.

I didn't want to stop reading this book but neither did I want it to end.