A Book You Wish You Lived In
Blimey, what to choose for this one? Hmmm, there are several that I like to think I’d love living in but in reality, unless I turned into one of the characters, I’d be terrified and spend my life hiding under a box inside a wardrobe…
So, on reflection, I think I’d like to live in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere because it fulfils my desire to live in a ‘fantasy’ world where the impossible is real but the main character, Richard Mayhew, is as boring, useless and normal as I am and he survives it. A pinch of salt and a sense of humour can get you through anything – even if it’s scary and shouldn’t exist. He doesn’t have the slightest idea what to do with a spear or a big shiny blade and doesn’t mysteriously learn as soon as he is in the ‘imposible’ part of the book-world (something that irritates me in many books/films), he just muddles through like you or I would have to. I love that, it makes me want to live there.
When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.