World Book Day: Not Just for Kids

I was half an hour late to work this morning. Nothing wrong with the trains (well, nothing more than usual), no tradesmen to let in, no alarm-clock-failing-to-go-off. I was late because I wanted to drop Bilbo Baggins and Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) off at school this morning for World Book Day. OK, I’m also late because I promised to prepare a suitable pair of hobbit feet for my eldest daughter and forgot to do it last night, but the main reason is I wanted to take them in to school in all their storybook glory. I’m glad I…

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Friday Reads: The Hobbit

Well it was inevitable that one of the Gollancz Friday Reads would be for The Hobbit. I’ve seen the film twice (once 2D once 3D, I preferred the 2D version), and after the second viewing I found myself picking the book up again. I think most folks know the story. Bilbo Baggins finds himself, a little unwillingly, embarking upon an unexpected adventure with a collection of dwarves bent upon reclaiming their ancestral home from the mighty dragon Smaug. For many novelists that would be adventure enough for one short volume, but this outline isn’t even the bare bones of the…

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The Soddit – Chapter 3

It’s time for your daily part-serialization of The Soddit, running all this week.  Last night saw the premiere of The Hobbit film in London, and one or two lucky members of team Gollancz managed to catch a glimpse of the red carpet – consider our Hobbit-watching appetites officially whetted. Chapter three of The Soddit is available to read here. (PDF)

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