Happy Dragon Day (Happy Saint George’s Day)!

Happy St George’s Day. To celebrate Team Gollancz are sharing our favourite dragons with you. What’s your favourite dragon? Have we missed him/her off our list? Let us know in the comments below. Gillian: For me, the best dragon of all time is Chrysophylax from the brilliant story Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien, about a farmer who accidentally becomes a hero – and is then asked to take on a dragon! It’s a lovely, light-hearted, fun tale that parodies the traditional dragon-hunt tale to very entertaining effect. Simon: My favourite dragon is The Dragon Griaule in…

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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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Friday Reads: Farmer Giles of Ham

If you’ve not read Farmer Giles of Ham then you’re missing out on the best thing (in my opinion . . . only really, the best thing) J. R. R. Tolkein ever wrote. One of the things I’ve always loved is the illustrations. Penned by the superb Pauline Baynes, who also illustrated a number of (Tolkien’s fellow Inkling) C. S. Lewis novels, pick up a copy just to see her illustrations of Chrysophylax the dragon. But it’s also worth picking up to see one of Tolkien’s rarer writerly traits on display: his sense of mischief and humour. For the fan…

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Christmas reads: part one

This Xmas, I’m spending some time away from the office in a lovely house in the Lake District with my partner’s family, where I shall be, let’s be honest, a bit bored. So what better plan than to do what I normally do all of the time anyway, and read some genre stuff? I’m going to be very good and make myself have at least one day of non-work related reading. Other than that, I expect it will be editing and slush-piling and so on. But here are a few things on my ‘read for pleasure’ pile: The Soddit. I can’t…

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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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