This is shaping up to be a great week for Fantasy fans!
Following shortly on the heels of Pullman’s announcement of The Book of Dust, one of our all time favourite authors here at Zealot Script has announced another exciting sequel. This time after a 20 year gap!
He had previously discussed the possibility of a sequel, so this announcement hasn’t come completely out of the blue but work has now begun on the book with Gaiman saying:
I’m now a solid three chapters in to a book called The Seven Sisters
With The Seven Sisters being the previously slated title for the sequel.
Gaiman also spoke about his reasons for writing Neverwhere and why now was the right time for him to return to a sequel.
When Lenny Henry and I came up with the original idea for Neverwhere almost 25 years ago, what attracted us was the idea that we could talk about the homeless, talk about the dispossessed, talk about the people who fall through the cracks, and do it in a way that was exciting and fun and interesting and also relevant and might change people’s heads.
Neverwhere for me was this glorious vehicle where I could talk about huge serious things and have a ridiculous amount of fun on the way. The giant wheel has turned over the last few years and looking around the work I have been doing for UNHCR for refugees, the kind of shape … London is in now, the kind of ways [it] is different to how it was 20 years ago, meant that I decided that it actually was time to do something.
We’re delighted at the announcement, as we always are for more of Neil’s work and you can be sure to see some extra Gaiman added to our reading lists in the near future.
But the big question now is which are you more excited for? The Book of Dust or The Seven Sisters? Let us know in the comment section below!