Author of the Month: How Tolkien Became the Father of Modern Fantasy

by Lewis Saddington August 14, 2020 4 min read

J. R. R. Tolkien is a name known by practically every reader around the globe. Hailed as the Father of Modern Fantasy (a moniker he most certainly deserves), Tolkien shaped a genre into something that would change the face of fiction literature. Beginning with The Hobbit, which has sold 100 million copies to date, followed by The Lord of the Rings, which has sold an even more staggering 150 million, Tolkien's creation of Middle-Earth - his Legendarium, as he called it - is often considered the most influential fantasy work of all time. Here, we're going to take a look at the development of this rich fictional world, and how it laid the foundations for a genre adored by hundreds of millions today.

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Obscure Books: Because Every Book Deserves a Little Love

by Lewis Saddington February 13, 2020 3 min read

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. 
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