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Tolkien's Gown and Other Stories of Great Authors &hellip by Rick Gekoski
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At first impression, Rick Gekoski appears a world away from the genteel sanctuary of second-hand bookshops and their monk-like proprietors but what sustains his book is a common delight in the fusty and not so fusty love of books themselves. Tolkien's Gown is based on Gekoski's Radio 4 series Rare Books, Rare People. Each of the twenty chapters focuses on a celebrated twentieth-century author, concentrating on a particular book. There are James Joyce and Beatrix Potter, Jack Kerouac and J.K.Rowling, Sons and Lovers and The Hobbit, Eliot and Larkin. Gekoski has a dealer's perspective but his pithy and perceptive criticism reflects a man of letters. Anecdote is informed by personal… Read more