The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Paperback

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Paperback

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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2013 BOOK OF THE YEAR Dive into a magical novel of memory and the adventure of childhood, from one of the brightest, most brilliant writers of our generation. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane.

The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean.

The oldest can remember the Big Bang. THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781472200341



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It is futile to add to the 280 reviews to date,as it has all been said already.A very quick read about childhood and growing-up and loss I suppose. Did I enjoy it ? Yes I suppose so,but I was not too happy with the ending.

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My first Neil Gaiman book. Not sure what to make of it really. It's a sort of fairy tale, or maybe just a dream of childhood. I am not really sure if it is for adults ( it is very gentle) or children (make be a bit 'deep' for them) so was left scratching my head a little. Quite enjoyable, but I never got a sense of really enjoying the book

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Some of the old magic seems to be back.

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LOVED THIS! Heard about this on Twitter and was curious about it as I have enjoyed the last two Neil Gaiman books I read (Stardust and The Graveyard Book).Didn't want to put it down, read it in four goes, would've read it in one go if I'd not started at 10:30pm on a Sunday.Kind of creepy but at the same time not really that scary. Hard to explain.Loved the premise and the way it was written, quite clever.I love magic realism and I can't wait to read more of Gaiman's books. Already sharing with a friend.

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I thought I would give this book ago but its not for me, I don't like fantasy books. Story starts ok but then with magic and a little girl that never ages plus strange dark forces at work it all gets a bit weird. Some people might like this but not for me. Its an original book though.

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