The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

Beautifully written, magical story of the darkness and light within us all. Helped me to better make sense of powerful childhood memories, the fear riding so many of us, and how it is possible to survive, bruised but still alive.


Curiously I turned in my seat and looked back: a single half-moon hung over the farmhouse, peaceful and pale and perfect.
I wondered where the illusion of the second moon had come from, but I only wondered for a moment, and then I dismissed it from my thoughts. Perhaps it was an after-image, I decided, or a ghost: something that had stirred in my mind for a moment, so powerfully that I believed it to be real, but now was gone, and faded into the past like a memory forgotten, or a shadow into the dusk.

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Books with similar mood

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

The Democrat

Olly Wyatt

The Brothers

Asko Sahlberg

I am the Brother of XX

Fleur Jaeggy

A Skinful of Shadows

Frances Hardinge

The Thing Itself

Adam Roberts

Snake Ropes

Jess Richards

The Juggler

Sebastian Beaumont

Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie

The God Who Begat a Jackal

Nega Mezlekia


Laura Legge

Long Black Veil

Jennifer Finney Boylan


Per Petterson

Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne

2084: The End of the World

Boualem Sansal

Black Moses

Alain Mabanckou

The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes

The Expats

Chris Pavone

The Library of Shadows

Mikkel Birkegaard

Little Constructions

Anna Burns

A Beggar at the Gate

Thalassa Ali

The Society of Others

William Nicholson

Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian

Bold as Love

Gwyneth Jones

The Music in My Head

Mark Hudson

Library of the Unwritten

A J Hackwith


Wu Ming

Sea Lovers

Valerie Martin

The Limits of the World

Andrew Raymond Drennan

Three Strong Women

Marie NDiaye

Villa Pacifica

Kapka Kassabova


Tricia Sullivan

The Last Warner Woman

Kei Miller

Equations of Life

Simon Morden

The Birthday Party

Panos Karnezis

The Reverse Side of Life

Lee Seung-U

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees

Alberto Manguel

City of the Beasts

Isabel Allende


Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Devil's Dance

Hamid Ismailov

Alif the Unseen

G Willow Wilson

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kiss Me First

Lottie Moggach

The Infatuations

Javier Marias


Colum McCann


Adam Thirlwell

Africa Junction

Ginny Baily

The Coward's Tale

Vanessa Gebbie

The Quiet Twin

Dan Vyleta