Hayley Campbell

The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell

"I met Neil Gaiman and Hayley Campbell at the same party, at the same moment. I was in Sydney, Australia in a warehouse-like space filled with blue light and thumping music... Neil appeared at my side and said, "Hello, I'm Neil Gaiman and this is Hayley Campbell." I must have looked confused because he then explained that he was interviewing me on stage the next day. Neil is a kind person. He was very relaxing to talk to. He also knew many people in the room, and after a while he wandered off to talk to some of them. I looked up at Hayley (I am tall, she is taller) and asked, "How do you know Neil?" Hayley explained that he was a friend of her family, she'd known him all her life. We talked about this and that, and Hayley mentioned she was about to move to London. I said we should get together once she was there. It was a life-changing conversation, but at the time it seemed very ordinary, as most life-changing things are apt to seem." 

Now in paperback, the utterly comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, and fully authorized account of the life and work of one of the world’s great storytellers, Neil Gaiman.

Novelist, comics writer, scriptwriter, poet, and occasional artist, there are few creative avenues Neil Gaiman hasn’t ventured down—from unforgettable books like The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods to groundbreaking comics and graphic novels like The Sandman and Violent Cases; from big-screen fantasies like Coraline and Stardust to small-screen epics like Doctor Who and Neverwhere; and from short stories to songwriting, stage plays to radio plays, journalism to filmmaking, and all points in between.

The Art of Neil Gaiman is the first book to tell the full story of his amazing creative life. Never-before-seen manuscripts, notes, cartoons, drawings, and personal photographs from Neil’s own archive are complemented by artwork and sketches from all of his major works and his own intimate recollections. Each project is examined in turn, from genesis to fruition, and positioned in the wider narrative of Gaiman’s creative life, affording unparalleled access to the inner workings of the writer’s mind.