Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book . In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
Gaimans family is of PolishJewish and other Eastern EuropeanJewish origins his greatgrandfather emigrated from Antwerp, Belgium to the UK before 1914 and his grandfather eventually settled in the south of England in the Hampshire city of Portsmouth and established a chain of grocery stores. His father, David Bernard Gaiman, worked in the same chain of stores his mother, Sheila Gaiman , was a pharmacist. He has two younger sisters, Claire and Lizzy. After living for a period in the nearby town of Portchester, Hampshire, where Neil was born in 1960, the Gaimans moved in 1965 to the West Sussex town of East Grinstead where his parents studied Dianetics at the Scientology centre in the town one of Gaimans sisters works for the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles. His other sister, Lizzy Calcioli, has said, Most of our social activities were involved with Scientology or our Jewish family. It would get very confusing when people would ask my religion as a kid. Id say, Im a Jewish Scientolog