The description of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere at Amazon begins with this sentence:
Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of.
And yet I have not read it since before I moved to London. I know full-well that London’s geography is drawn on heavily in the book, but it has never occurred to me to revisit it as a person who lives in London and is familiar with the references; that my enjoyment of the book might have been lessened by it being in an imaginary place (for all intents and purposes) when I last read it a decade ago has never occurred to me.
Now there’s a BBC Radio 4 adaption being aired, and Neverwhere is on the mind. The radio show needs listening, but the book needs to be revisited first, and in a hurry.
So beneath London we go …
Book image from Amazon.