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  • The View from the Cheap Seats

  • Selected Nonfiction
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad nonfiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, beautiful and always funny

  • By Josh McCullough on 23-09-16

Moving, beautiful and always funny

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Neil Gaiman has an incredible yet deeply relatable grasp on the real world and the world of art. His writing here gives great insight into his own life as well as the lives of his literary friends. As an English student, I found this book reignited my passion for my subject, reawakening the same drive that wanted me to devote my life to reading and writing stories.

Gaiman's narration is soothing and lovely, like a favourite teacher, with many humorous and moving portions wonderfully presented, including a final moving tribute to his friend and writer extraordinaire Sir Terry Pratchett.

While some of the chapters in the middle can get repetitive as they are largely introductions to other writers' books (which can be a little less interesting than the rest of the collection if you're not familiar with the writers' works) they still give you a great amount of content, and a large amount of new authors to read.

"The View From The Cheap Seats" is like a rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and wonder people may not realise is available to them. This charming reading captures all the joy and melancholy within the book leaving you feeling wiser and heavier by the time it's over.

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