The Graveyard Book

October 29th, 2008 - 3:13 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Graveyard Book is a novel by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean. The book was released on September 30, 2008 in the USA by HarperCollins and on October 1, 2008, in the UK by Bloomsbury Publishing, the original publishers of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Suitable for ages 11 and up. 500 numbered copies, bound in cloth and marbled paper, slip cased, signed by author and artist, also 26 copies, signed by author and artist, hand bound in the finest materials, with an original remarque by Dave McKean in each copy.

One of the chapter of The Graveyard Book was previously published as a short story in the Gaiman anthology M is for Magic and won the 2008 Locus Award for Best Novelette.

The tale is about a sleeping family, a talented murderer, and an adventurous toddler who is orphaned, but not assassinated. Being a scapegoat for being small and alone , accidentally escapes the crime scene and climbs a grassy hill for the safety. At the top of the hill the boy finds a fence, and on the other side, a dark, quiet place.

Silas, the graveyard’s caretaker serves as Nobody’s guardian until he might guard himself, for the insubstantial dead must stay with their bones.

Miss Lupescu, a Teacher and strange, and a horrible cook, tutorS when Silas is called away.

Liza Hempstock, a Witch. She might be dead, but she still has her magic.

Scarlett Amber Perkins, a Girl. The cemetery’s dead children make good playmates, but sometimes a living boy might wish for a bit of living company. Scarlett Amber Perkins is five.

Cover of The Graveyard Book

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