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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Paperback – 8 Apr 2014

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Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul

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Gaiman's achievement is to make the fantasy world seem true

It's possibly Gaiman's most lyrical, scary and beautiful work yet. It's a tale about childhood for grown-ups, a fantasy rooted in the darkest corners of reality. It is a story he's been waiting all his life to tell

A hugely satisfying scary fantasy and a moving, subtle exploration of family, of what it's really like to be a child, and how the memories of childhood affect the adults we become. It's a wonderful book

The most affecting book Gaiman has written, a novel whose intensity of real-world observation and feeling make its other-worldly episodes doubly startling and persuasive

This beautiful fable with flashes of terror and sparks of humour is about memory and magic and the darkness that lives without and within. Loneliness and longing saturate the pages but so does the redemptive power of friendship in the person of the magnificently adorable Lettie Hempstock

It's a very rare thing, maybe once a decade, for a novel to come along and within a few pages you know you're reading a future classic. If you haven't heard of Neil Gaiman yet you can be forgiven, but this, his sixth adult novel, will firmly cement his handprints in the literary walk of fame...this is one of those stories that is almost primitive in its power - it captures you heart and soul, and makes you grateful we have storytellers like Gaiman to feed our minds and stoke our imaginations. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is this year's big bang book

This is a book to sink into, allowing yourself to be gradually pulled along by its currents, into a childhood that's half remembered. Events take place over just a few days, and since the consequences of his actions are forgotten by the main character, it's easy to believe that nothing of importance has really happened. But experiencing those few days, that snippet of a childhood and a quest for survival in a world that's already terrifying for children is a joy, an experience that will stay with you long after the final page is turned

Dark, strange and scarily brilliant: an otherworldly fable about memories and magic

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From New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman, comes a novel of memory, magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (8 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472208668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472208668
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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