is Badger from The Wind in the Willows, (1908), by Kenneth Grahame
Neil Gaiman grew up in the Sussex countryside, but spent most of his time in libraries, devouring books and comics, memorising Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and wishing he had thought of writing The Lord of the Rings before J. R. R. Tolkien. He was so certain that he wanted to be a writer that he skipped university and went straight into journalism. After writing biographies of the pop group Duran Duran and author Douglas Adams, Neil worked on graphic novels and Sandman, a 75-issue comic series that gained cult status. Since then he has written in many forms: picture books like The Wolves in the Walls; children’s stories like The Graveyard Book; adult novels like The Ocean at the End of the Lane; screenplays like Neverwhere; and television episodes for Doctor Who. He keeps bees, and has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter.
Q&A with Cambridge Jones