- Virginia Johnson
London Below is a dangerous, magical place. In Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Scotsman Richard Mayhew had just settled in with the upwardly-mobile routines of London Above. He had an office job that might be going places and a stunning if toffee-nosed girlfriend who was perhaps rather too keen on gallery-hopping for his taste. His lovely Jessica had plans for Richard’s life that did not include helping the bloody and broken young lady who lay across their path.
But Richard Mayhew was a decent chap, so when the girl pleaded faintly for his help, he was very much inclined to do the right thing—Jessica’s shrill protests notwithstanding.
The girl, named Door of all things, was exhausted and grateful…and hunted. By helping her, Richard had placed himself in the path of a couple of truly evil assassins, a slightly seedy nobleman, a legendary bodyguard, seductive “Velvets,” and a very powerful, very lonely angel.
Neverwhere was originally written for a television series, which explains the quick-time pacing. The series and its novelization are hugely popular with good reason. It’s a heroic tale, full of drama, action, charming scapegraces and even a bit of romance. Join Richard on his journey for a time of wonder and merriment.