Friday, 3 November 2017

NOVEMBER'S AUTHOR by Sharon Tregenza


Neil Gaiman was born on November 10th, 1960 in Porchester, England. He comes from a family of Eastern European descent. His father, David, worked at the family chain of stores while his mother, Sheila, was a pharmacist.

In 1965 the family moved to East Grinstead, West Sussex. Gaiman grew up with a love of books and reading. Some of his favourite authors were Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll. This love of fantasy is evident through all his work.

His enjoyment of comic books has had a profound effect on his career. In his teens he realised that there was a lack of comic books for a more mature reader and decided to fill that gap. The groundbreaking series, Sandman, followed. He's now credited with being one of the creators of modern comics.

Gaiman's career has been varied and prolific. His work crosses genres and appeals to audiences of all ages. His children's books are innovative and he's won countless prizes and awards. He's reached cult status in the literary world and long may his work thrill us with its quirky creativity.

Five interesting facts about Neil Gaiman:

                           1. His favourite cheese is Wensleydale.

                           2. He believes that books have genders.

                           3. His least favourite sound is the squeal of car brakes.

                           4. When he was a kid, he alphabetised all the books on his bookshelf.

                           4. He is a beekeeper.

My favourite Gaiman quote: 

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Steve Gladwin said...

Thanks Sharon, but did you know that he is also a huge Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast and once answered questions on the subject on and Australian TV. In fact he could remember most of the nightmare song from Iolanthe! It's on youtube.

Helen Larder said...

Brilliant! Thanks, Sharon. I have 2 books of his on my bookshelf to read. Looking forward to my first taste of his work xxxx

Sharon Tregenza said...

Hi Steve, no I didn't. He's a super talented man though, isn't he. I could easily have written a much longer blog on him.

Sharon Tregenza said...

Hi Helen, I love The Graveyard Book. So entertaining.

Sue Bursztynski said...

A wonderful writer! I've read several of his books, both children's and adult. One of my favourites. And he reads so well, he could do his own audiobooks. I remember with pleasure hearing him read from the MS of Anansi Boys...

Sharon Tregenza said...

Hi Sue, yes, I'm a fan too. Did you see his inspirational speech at the University of Arts?

All best, Sharon