During a recent event in London to promote his newest novel, Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman revealed that a sequel to Neverwhere, titled, The Seven Sisters, will be his next novel and that he has already completed the first three chapters.
Gaiman’s progress on The Seven Sisters, as well as his motivation behind writing the sequel, were revealed at the event and involve the changes in the world over the last 20 years, according to The Guardian:
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.
Now I had things I was angry about. I cared about things I wanted to put in and I’m now a solid three chapters in to a book called The Seven Sisters.
It’s no secret that Gaiman planned on writing a sequel to Neverwhere. There have been hints at a possible sequel in other commentaries for his other work. He’s written a short novella that ties into the world of London Below that is introduced in Neverwhere, titled How the Marquis Got His Coat Back. In fact, a sequel is even mentioned in the FAQ on his website and even includes the title, The Seven Sisters.
As if the announcement at the event in Southbank Centre wasn’t enough, Gaiman has confirmed via Twitter that he is working on writing the novel:
I'm not releasing it. I'm writing it. (One word at a time.) Two very, very different things. https://t.co/0smcbzV6BR
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 17, 2017
News that a sequel is in the making is great for fans of Neverwhere. The novel, which explores an alternative look at London is a great introduction to Gaiman (In fact, it was my first Gaiman novel and I absolutely loved it):
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere. — Goodreads
It will be great to see how things change in the world of London that Gaiman explores in Neverwhere. I can’t wait to hear more about the sequel’s progress and will be excited when we finally get more details and a release date!