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John Dodds's Book Blog

Bookfan. Likes include classic fiction, crime and thrillers.

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Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith
The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football
Harry Pearson
Dick Francis
The Bicycle Book
Bella Bathurst
World War I: The "Great War"
Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
A History of Ireland in 100 Objects
Fintan O'Toole
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (Swallows And Amazons)
Arthur Ransome
Her Majesty's Pleasure: How Horse Racing Reveals the Queen
Julian Muscat

J.R.R.Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R.Tolkien: The Man Who Created "The Lord Of The Rings" - Michael Coren I enjoyed this short biography which sets out the overall arc of Tolkien's life in a straightforward manner. No doubt other biographies go deeper but this succeeds as a clear presentation that can be read in a couple of hours and which includes some interesting photographs. I found the style irritating in places - parts of it read as if it were written for eight year olds - but I was engaged by it and glad to have read it.