A true classic – and the ‘single most beautiful…and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century’ Neil Gaiman

Lud-in-the-Mist is a prosperous country town situated where two rivers meet: the Dawl and the Dapple. The Dapple springs from the land of Faerie, and is a great trial to Lud, which rejects anything ‘other’, preferring to believe only in what is known, what is solid.

Nathaniel Chanticleer, a dreamy, melancholy man, is deliberately ignoring a vital part of his own past; a secret he refuses even to acknowledge. But with the disappearance of his daughter, and a long-overdue desire to protect his son, he realises Lud is changing – and something must be done.

Reviews

The single most beautiful and unjustifiably forgotten novel of the twentieth century
Neil Gaiman
A Shakespearian tragi-comedy, a murder mystery and a multi-faceted allegory all in one; and a damn good story, too
Mary Gentle
What we have here is that rarest of creatures, the fantasy novel of ideas
Michael Swanwick
[involves] fundamental questions of how a society and its members understand their own history, and how they make sense of the conflicts embedded in social class and political power
Mary Beard, TLS