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Publisher's Summary

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017.

Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him.

Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story...Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit." (Susanna Clarke)
"Lenny Henry...is absolutely the perfect choice to read Anansi Boys....An absolutely top-notch performance, one that makes a terrific book even better." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mixing farce and fantasy, epic mythology and domestic drama, Gaiman's novel is a clever piece of storytelling and a celebration of the magic of make-believe." (Independent on Sunday)

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  • Jase
  • 03-15-17

Brilliant

Fantastic story as you'd expect from Neil Gaiman perfectly complimented by Lenny Henry's narration. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • lewis
  • 03-09-17

New found respect for Lenny Henry.

Another win for Neil Gaiman! And a fantastic performance by Lenny Henry. A must for Gaiman fans.

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  • Barbara
  • 02-26-17

Anasi stories...wit and trickery and wisdom

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How sad I felt when this book ended! It reminds me of the feeling I get when I re-read Alice Through The Looking Glass every few years: a kind of childhood nostalgia as you walk away from a world in which the membrane between the quotidian and the magical is semi-permeable. I've read several Neil Gaiman novels, but none as good as this one. It combines the effortless fantasy and convincing villains (the kind who really WILL kill you and crunch your bones to find the marrow) you find in the best children's literature with the kind of engaging personal relationships and suspense it takes to make a good adventure novel for adults.<br/>Anansi Boys finds our hero sleep-walking through life with a dull and insecure job, a bully of a boss (both sinister and boring - a hard trick to pull off) a fiancée who is having second thoughts about their relationship, a deadbeat dad with a talent for humiliation and unreliability, and a mother-in-law to be who manifests most of the Les Dawson-inspired clichés about this long-suffering and much-slandered class of women. From this apparently unpromising mix of characters, a story emerges unlike any other: a story of a trickster God and his unwitting offspring, of two likeable heroines who bring out the very best in the people around them, of fallible deities created at the Beginning of the World, of financial chicanery and exploitation of the good and a beautiful island in a sapphire sea. The story has murderous birds, deceitful beasts, mythical monsters, some real and horrific violence, courageous heroes, improbable citrus fruit and helpful arachnids. I was brought up never to kill spiders (it drives away money) and this book has confirmed my view that this is both sensible and prudent. Buy this book.<br/>

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  • 02-16-17

outstanding

a brilliant performance of a brilliant book. absolutely very outstanding indeed verily and forsooth. eek

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  • Mazooki 74
  • 02-07-17

beautiful fairytale

A beautiful modern fairytale which I enjoyed immensely. A must for Neil Gaiman fans !

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  • Alan Cunnane
  • 02-03-17

Wonderful story, superbly narrated

I am a hard core Gaiman fan, and have up to now enjoyed the books he narrated himself. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I loved it! Laugh out loud funny, with excellent characters brought to life by Lenny Henry's versatility and expertise with accents. I'll be listening to this one again, for sure!

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  • Lesley
  • 01-29-17

Imaginative take of little gods and flawed humans

Great fun and a wonderful combination of British and Caribbean humour. Excellent narration by Lenny Henry who puts life and humour into every character.

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  • Gwen1818
  • 01-26-17

good read

I wasn't sure I would enjoy Lenny Henry as a narrator but he fits well. some of the accents are a little off but it doesn't detract

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  • BudoJo
  • 01-14-17

Slow burn to a brilliant ending

I loved this. A slower start than say Neverwhere or American Gods, but it hooks you. The characters are rich and the narrative is excellent, twisting and turning. I wouldn't call is a sequel to American Gods. It connects to that world but is its own story, well because "all the stories are Anansi's stories."

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  • Dr S Bhatt
  • 01-14-17

Amazing book and narration

Classic Gaiman. Funny charming and interesting. An amazing book all around. The narration is superb too.