The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Returning to his childhood home, a man finds himself standing beside the pond of the old Sussex farmhouse where he used to play. When he meets an old friend, he is reminded of a name he has not heard for many years: Lettie Hempstock. And is transported to his 12th birthday, when Lettie claimed that this wasn't a pond at all, but an ocean...

Plunged into 1983, our young protagonist struggles with the ripples of a disturbing event that makes him question his deepest assumptions about his fractured family. Striving to come to terms with his newly unknowable world, together with his new friend Lettie he must reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything and in turn learn to trust others to find his own feet. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a thrilling feat of storytelling in which fantasy, sci-fi, myth and imagination combine in an adventure that unfolds right here, in our world.

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  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Time Period: Present Day, 1980s


Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s novels and collections include Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Good Omens (co-written with Terry Pratchett), American Gods, Stardust, Fragile Things, The View from the Cheap Seats, Art Matters and the graphic novel series Sandman. His b ...
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Joel Horwood

Joel Horwood is a playwright and dramaturg whose work for theatre includes The Ocean At The End of the Lane for the National Theatre; The Great Elephant Chase at Burgtheater, Vienna; Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse; The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales ...
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