Headline to publish new illustrated edition of Gaiman's Ocean

Headline to publish new illustrated edition of Gaiman's Ocean

Headline will publish a special edition of Neil Gaiman’s iconic bestseller The Ocean at the End of the Lane later this year. 

The new hardback edition of the novel, which explores memory and magic, will feature illustrations by artist Elise Hurst and will publish on 12th November.

Headline will also publish a limited deluxe edition of the book, to include a slipcase, ribbon and exclusive art print, which will be signed by author and illustrator. First published in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane has sold 143,616 copies for £1.1m through Nielsen. 

Jennifer Doyle, Headline Fiction publishing director, said: "Readers have been captivated by The Ocean at the End of the Lane since it was first published and became a bestseller in 2013, and this beautiful new edition will both delight existing fans and intrigue new readers. Elise’s illustrations create an even richer experience of the novel than ever before and I can’t wait for people to discover how she has interpreted Neil’s words.|

To celebrate the book’s launch, Guardian Live will host a special event with Gaiman and Hurst at the Greenwood Theatre in London on 14 November, where the audience will get a unique insight into the collaboration.

The National Theatre will also be showing the theatrical adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane starting on 3rd December.

Gaiman said: "From the first time I saw one of Elise's illustrations I knew I was looking at a children's illustration for adults. And The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been described as a children's book for adults. I imagined Elise illustrating it, and then did everything I could to make it happen. What she made was better than anything I could have hoped for."

Hurst added: "As I was reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane I was taken back to the novels of my childhood. I saw the covers and the illustrations in my head, the feel of the paper and the smell of the binding. My illustration style is taken from the books of the mid 1900s but rendered with a more rugged edge as befits the darkness of this story."