Neil Gaiman has long had a fascination with cities. What got him started was an encounter with Free Live Free, Gene Wolfe’s complex novel set in Chicago.
It got Gaiman thinking how cities, too, can be characters in a story.
“Gene made Chicago somewhere magical,” Gaiman said. “That was the point I began thinking I could do one of these for London.”
What he wrote was Neverwhere, a riveting urban fantasy novel set in London, which is the spring pick for One Book, One Chicago.