Monday, November 3, 2008

Good in Black - Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book

I mentioned Neil Gaiman in my last post - having fallen on his high-energy blog in pursuit of interesting facts about Mary Poppins - and now, unexpectedly, I've read more about him on Beatties Bookblog and discovered this video of him talking about his latest sensation: The Graveyard Book.

The novel was written for Young Adults but apparently it has adults weeping at the end. As he says, it's like The Jungle Book in the way it can appeal to people of every age. Do have a peek - he's the next J.K. Rowling, says The Times, and he looks good in a leather jacket. The only downside is the interview's on the Borders website (with a different book cover for the UK.)

Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is - still according to The Times - 'an interlinked collection of tales about Nobody, a baby boy who escapes from the serial killer who murders his entire family, and is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts, vampires and werewolves. Like his bestselling children's novel Coraline (being filmed for release next year like his Stardust and Beowulf), it takes you into some scary places but, as he points out, what adults read as the most uncomfortable thing they can imagine, children take as a huge and thrilling adventure. '

If you go here you can see him reading the whole book chapter by chapter.

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