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We are absolutely delighted to welcome Neil Gaiman, one of our greatest living fiction writers, to Ely to celebrate the publication of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This will be his first novel for adults since the triumphant Anansi Boys in 2005, and has been eagerly awaited by Neil’s legions of fans worldwide. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been described as a novel “about memory and magic and the darkness that lies without and within.” It is a beautiful story about a family in danger from long forgotten perils stirred up by shadows of a dark past. When all might seem lost, though, hope comes in the unlikely shape of a duckpond; a duckpond that might, in fact, be an ocean…
Neil is a stunning writer, renowned for his ability to twist the places, people and stories that we think we know in new, unfamiliar and enthralling ways, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a tour de force. The opportunity to hear the master of modern storytelling speak in the magical atmosphere of Ely Cathedral, as the bats flit through the cloisters and darkness falls outside, will be absolutely unmissable.
Afterwards, each audience member will be able to meet Neil, who will sign all copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane plus one other thing that someone loves most dearly.