February is a strange month. Yes, there's plenty to look forward to with the likes of Valentine's Day and the end of winter... but, strangely, there's quite the lack of events worth celebrating in the world of literature. And, quite simply, that's something we can't abide. So, instead of letting the following days dampen our reading spirits, we decided to use this time to throw together a list of some obscure, lesser known books in our store that don't quite receive the attention they deserve.
Percy F. Westerman was a very active writer of children's literature in his day, his work often revolving around military and naval themes which is clearly demonstrated in the brilliant artwork on many of his book covers. Winged Might is just one of his many classic thrillers for young people, though we're sure just about any reader can find something to be enjoyed in Westerman's works. With almost 200 books under his belt before he passed away, the last of which was released posthumously, he was a skilled writer you may not have heard of with a vast bibliography to offer.
While Tolkien is hardly an obscure or lesser known writer - The Lord of the Rings being one of the best-selling novels of all time - that doesn't mean there aren't a number of works of his that don't quite receive the attention they deserve. A comic medieval tale about a farmer's encounters with a dragon named Chrysophylax, Farmer Giles of Ham is a classic Tolkien book which, though not quite as successful as his most famous epic fantasy works, retains all the stylistic and storytelling magic that made his other publications so astounding. A must have for any fan of this legendary writer!
Henry the Eighth is one of the better known kings in British history, and for many reasons - not all of them particularly respectable. Among these reasons are his six wives, two of which he had executed (good ol' Henry), highlighting that he certainly wasn't a ruler known for his tender side. That's why this vintage history book, The Love Letters of Henry the Eighth, is perhaps a little unsual, giving the reader a chance to look in the personal love affairs of someone remembered in such a brutal fashion.
Following Mouche, a young girl at a dark time in her life who finds refuge from her troubles when a puppet show catches her attention, Love of Seven Dolls by Paul Gallico certainly is a hidden gem. Though only a short novel, this writer has done something truly incredible by making the reader relate to characters who aren't even "characters" so to speak. By writing puppets so convincingly that we can't help but see them as living individuals, Gallico has certainly created a piece of literature worthy of respect with this story.
There are few people in the world who can honestly say they aren't animal lovers in one way or another. The Personality of Animals is a fantastic Pelican read, and not the kind of book you would usually expect to see someone enjoying on the bus or the train during their work commute. Nonetheless, there's little in this world more entertaining than wild animals in their natural habitats, and picking up The Personality of Animals is a brilliant way to educate yourself on the many beautiful creatures we share this earth with.
While we're closer to the last Halloween than the next one, horror can be enjoyed at any time of the year - as long as you're brave enough, of course! And, while the likes of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft never fail to chill the blood, sometimes the lesser known writers can be just as effective. Let's not forget that Lovecraft himself wasn't a known author until many years after his death. The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories is an excellent selection of short, spine-tingling tales that many fans of the macabre may not be familiar with, providing barrels of spooks you might not find anywhere else!
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