A story of a man who, feeling lost, returns to the lane he grew up on and in returning begins to remember an improbable childhood - of a violent death that blurs the boundaries between worlds, parasites that slip through the crack, and the Hempstock women who saved him. A fairytale for adults that focuses on memories - how we remember and how we forget. A quick punch of a novel that will always be to me, an example of Neil Gaiman at his best. The new illustrated version lends a beautiful new visual element to the story without taking away from the imaginative aspect of Gaiman’s descriptions.— From KelleyAnn Staff Picks
“A novel about the truths—some wonderful, some terrible—that children know and adults do not.” —Time magazine
A beautiful, immersive, fully illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s beloved #1 bestselling novel, featuring illustrations by Elise Hurst.
“They say you cannot go home again, and that is as true as a knife . . .”
A man returns to the site of his childhood home where, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered.
Wondrous, imaginative, impossible, and at times deeply scary, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is classic Neil Gaiman and has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. This beautiful illustrated edition features haunting, emotive artwork by renowned fine artist Elise Hurst, whose illustrations seamlessly interweave the childhood wonder and harrowing danger that infuse Gaiman’s beloved tale.
“Fantasy of the very best.”—Wall Street Journal
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.