The Sleeper and the Spindle

By Neil Gaiman


New York Times bestselling and Newbery and Carnegie Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman has created a thrillingly reimagined fairy tale, "told in a way only Gaiman can" (, that the Guardian calls "a refreshing, much-needed twist on a classic story."

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman has twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White's (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty's (almost) stories.

Praises & Awards

From Neil

Behind the Book

The Sleeper and the Spindle began life as a short story about fairytales. Two fairytales in particular: Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White.

I wondered what would happen if a queen went off to wake the sleeping princess in the tower. And if the Queen in question knew a lot about magical sleeping, perhaps from having spent a year asleep in a glass coffin, having consumed a poisoned apple . . .

The story I wrote was funny and odd and (I have been assured) feminist, mostly because all of the active people in it, except dwarves, are women.

Chris Riddell is a remarkable illustrator. We started working together in the UK in 2008, but none of his illustrated work on my fiction has been seen in the US until now.

Chris’s black and gold illustrations for The Sleeper and the Spindle were a whole new magical world, from the tracing paper cover to the final endpaper.

I’m so thrilled that it’s coming to America. Chris Riddell’s art, one of the most beautiful books you will ever put on your shelves, and a story about smart women, and evil, and life. I hope you enjoy it.

Product Details

ISBN: 9780062421432

ISBN10: 0062421433

Imprint: HarperCollins

On Sale: 22/09/2015