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Neil Gaiman is an English writer of novels, short stories, children’s books and other literature

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BirthdayNovember 10, 1960
NationalityBritish
FamousAuthor, Scientologists, Writers, Novelists, Short Story Writers
SpousesAmanda Palmer (m. 2011)
SiblingsClaire, Lizzy
Known asNeil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman
Universities
  • Fonthill School in East Grinstead
  • Ardingly College (1970–74)
  • Whitgift School in Croydon (1974–77)
Birth PlacePortchester, Hampshire, England
Height180cm
GenderMale
FatherDavid Bernard Gaiman
MotherSheila Gaiman (née Goldman)
Net Worth$18 Million as of January 12,2017
Sun SignScorpio
Born inPortchester, Hampshire, England
Famous asAuthor

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Who is Neil Gaiman?

Neil Gaiman is an English writer of novels, short stories, children’s books and other literature. He is one of the most prolific authors of our generation. His fascination with writing began in his early years, when he used to read fantasy novels set in a far away dreamland. He was a keen observer and grew up to be an exemplary artist of literature who used his imagination for creating marvelous stories. His fantasy world captivates the reader and makes him a part of its journey in a spellbinding manner. Apart from writing novels and short stories, he has also contributed significantly to graphic novels, television, movies and radio plays. He is a genuine master of story-telling with a powerful grip over the mind of the reader and at the same time allowing it to roam around freely to an imaginative dreamland where anything and everything is possible. His stories have been honored with many awards around the world which proves the fact that he is a genius in his work. He has earned the respect and love of people all around the world with his literary masterpieces and continues to create such magnificent tales for future generations who will surely appreciate them for its intellectual richness and inherent beauty.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on November 10, 1960 in Port Chester, England, to David Bernard Gaiman, a businessman and Sheila Gaiman, a pharmacist. He has two younger sisters, Claire and Lizzy.

His family moved to Sussex town of East Grinstead in 1965 where his parents studied ‘Dianetics’ in the Scientology centre of the town.

He became an avid reader at the age of four. He also got the school English prize and school reading prize for his devoted interest in reading.

In his childhood, he was truly inspired by some of the fantasy novels such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, C. S. Lewis’s ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

He attended several schools in his childhood such as Fonthill School in East Grinstead, Ardingly College and completed high school from Whitgift School in Croydon in 1977.

Career

In the early 1980s he became a journalist and started conducting interviews and writing book reviews extensively for British Fantasy Society. His first professional short story, ’Featherquest’, was published in 1984.

In 1984, he wrote a book of quotations with Kim Newman, ‘Ghastly Beyond Belief’, which proved to be quite successful. He ended his career as a journalist in 1987.

In 1987, he started his career in writing comic books and collaborated with his friend Dave McKean for his graphic novels such as ‘Violent Cases’, ‘Signal to Noise’ and ‘The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch’.

Impressed by his work, DC Comics hired him to write a three-part series called ‘Black Orchid’ which was appreciated by its fans. His next big venture included another comic character ‘Sandman’ and proved to be an immediate hit.

His first novel ‘Good Omens’ was published in collaboration with Terry Pratchett in 1990. He also published novels such as ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘Stardust’ in the 1990s and ‘American Gods’ in 2001.

He wrote a novella ‘Coraline’ for young adult readers in 2003 which was very well received by the audiences and another one ‘The Graveyard Book’ in 2008.

His o`ther famous works of novel include ‘Anansi Boys’ (2005) and ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ (2011).

He also wrote the screenplay for films such as ‘Mirrormask’ (2005), ‘Beowulf’ (2007) and for TV Series, ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘Doctor Who’.

Major Works

One of his finest works, acclaimed critically and commercially, was his fantasy novel ‘American Gods’ in 2001 which became the best seller upon its release and won him many awards. It depicts a struggle between the European gods of ancient origin and the newer, more arrogant American gods.

In 2008, he wrote another novella ‘The Graveyard Book’, which follows the adventures of a boy named Bod after his family is murdered and he is left to be brought up by the ghosts in a graveyard. It is a masterpiece and was awarded two of the most prominent medals of the literary world.

Awards & Achievements

In 2001, he received the ‘Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel’ for his widely acclaimed fantasy novel ‘American Gods’. For the same novel, he also won the ‘Hugo Award for Best Novel’ and ‘Nebula Award for Best Novel’ in 2002.

For his 2002 fantasy novel, Coraline, he was honored with several awards including the ‘Hugo Award for Best Novella’, ‘Nebula award for Best Novella’ and the ‘Bram Stoker award for Best Work for Young Readers’ in 2003.

He received the 2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2006 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for his novel ‘Anansi Boys’.

He won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal for his 2008 masterpiece novel ‘The Graveyard Book’. It was the first time both the medals were awarded for the same work.

He received the Book of the Year award for his novel ’The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ in National Book Awards’ 2013.

Personal Life & Legacy

While living in East Grinstead, he met his first wife, Mary McGrath, who was studying Scientology. They had their first child, Michael, in 1983.

In 1985, they got married and were blessed with a girl, Holly, in the same year and another girl, Madeleine, some years later.

The couple grew apart from each other in the later years of their marriage and eventually got divorced in 2008 after a long separation.

In 2011, he married Amanda Palmer, singer and performer, after dating her for more than two years. Amanda has identified herself as a bisexual person. The couple is still married with no children.

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Neil Gaiman awards

YearNameAward

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2001Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
2002Hugo Award for Best Novel
2002Nebula Award for Best Novel
2002Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
2003Hugo Award for Best Novella
2003Nebula Award for Best Novella
2003Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book
2003Bram Stoker Award for Best Work
2003British Science Fiction Association Award for short fiction
2004Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative
2005The William Shatner Golden Groundhog Award for Best Underground Movie
2005Quill Book Award for Graphic Novels
2006Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
2006British Fantasy Award for Best Novel
2006Locus Award
fantasy novel
2006Locus Award
short story
2007Locus Award
short story
2007Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award
2007British Fantasy Award
2009Hugo Award for Best Novel
2011Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
2012Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
1991 - Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
1999 - Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
2000 - Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative

Neil Gaiman biography timelines

  • // 10th Nov 1960
    He was born on November 10, 1960 in Port Chester, England, to David Bernard Gaiman, a businessman and Sheila Gaiman, a pharmacist. He has two younger sisters, Claire and Lizzy.
  • // 1965
    His family moved to Sussex town of East Grinstead in 1965 where his parents studied ‘Dianetics’ in the Scientology centre of the town.
  • // 1977
    He attended several schools in his childhood such as Fonthill School in East Grinstead, Ardingly College and completed high school from Whitgift School in Croydon in 1977.
  • // 1983
    While living in East Grinstead, he met his first wife, Mary McGrath, who was studying Scientology. They had their first child, Michael, in 1983.
  • // 1984
    In the early 1980s he became a journalist and started conducting interviews and writing book reviews extensively for British Fantasy Society. His first professional short story, ’Featherquest’, was published in 1984.
  • // 1984 To 1987
    In 1984, he wrote a book of quotations with Kim Newman, ‘Ghastly Beyond Belief’, which proved to be quite successful. He ended his career as a journalist in 1987.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, they got married and were blessed with a girl, Holly, in the same year and another girl, Madeleine, some years later.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he started his career in writing comic books and collaborated with his friend Dave McKean for his graphic novels such as ‘Violent Cases’, ‘Signal to Noise’ and ‘The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch’.
  • // 1990 To 2001
    His first novel ‘Good Omens’ was published in collaboration with Terry Pratchett in 1990. He also published novels such as ‘Neverwhere’ and ‘Stardust’ in the 1990s and ‘American Gods’ in 2001.
  • // 2001
    One of his finest works, acclaimed critically and commercially, was his fantasy novel ‘American Gods’ in 2001 which became the best seller upon its release and won him many awards. It depicts a struggle between the European gods of ancient origin and the newer, more arrogant American gods.
  • // 2001 To 2002
    In 2001, he received the ‘Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel’ for his widely acclaimed fantasy novel ‘American Gods’. For the same novel, he also won the ‘Hugo Award for Best Novel’ and ‘Nebula Award for Best Novel’ in 2002.
  • // 2002 To 2003
    For his 2002 fantasy novel, Coraline, he was honored with several awards including the ‘Hugo Award for Best Novella’, ‘Nebula award for Best Novella’ and the ‘Bram Stoker award for Best Work for Young Readers’ in 2003.
  • // 2003
    He wrote a novella ‘Coraline’ for young adult readers in 2003 which was very well received by the audiences and another one ‘The Graveyard Book’ in 2008.
  • // 2005 To 2011
    His o`ther famous works of novel include ‘Anansi Boys’ (2005) and ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ (2011).
  • // 2005 To 2007
    He also wrote the screenplay for films such as ‘Mirrormask’ (2005), ‘Beowulf’ (2007) and for TV Series, ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘Doctor Who’.
  • // 2006
    He received the 2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and the 2006 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for his novel ‘Anansi Boys’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he wrote another novella ‘The Graveyard Book’, which follows the adventures of a boy named Bod after his family is murdered and he is left to be brought up by the ghosts in a graveyard. It is a masterpiece and was awarded two of the most prominent medals of the literary world.
  • // 2008
    He won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal for his 2008 masterpiece novel ‘The Graveyard Book’. It was the first time both the medals were awarded for the same work.
  • // 2008
    The couple grew apart from each other in the later years of their marriage and eventually got divorced in 2008 after a long separation.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he married Amanda Palmer, singer and performer, after dating her for more than two years. Amanda has identified herself as a bisexual person. The couple is still married with no children.

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Neil Gaiman's FAQ

  • What is Neil Gaiman birthday?

    Neil Gaiman was born at 1960-11-10

  • Where is Neil Gaiman's birth place?

    Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, Hampshire, England

  • What is Neil Gaiman nationalities?

    Neil Gaiman's nationalities is British

  • Who is Neil Gaiman spouses?

    Neil Gaiman's spouses is Amanda Palmer (m. 2011)

  • Who is Neil Gaiman siblings?

    Neil Gaiman's siblings is Claire, Lizzy

  • What was Neil Gaiman universities?

    Neil Gaiman studied at Fonthill School in East Grinstead, Ardingly College (1970–74), Whitgift School in Croydon (1974–77)

  • How tall is Neil Gaiman?

    Neil Gaiman's height is 180

  • Who is Neil Gaiman's father?

    Neil Gaiman's father is David Bernard Gaiman

  • Who is Neil Gaiman's mother?

    Neil Gaiman's mother is Sheila Gaiman (née Goldman)

  • What is Neil Gaiman's sun sign?

    Neil Gaiman is Scorpio

  • How famous is Neil Gaiman?

    Neil Gaiman is famouse as Author