Article: Mordor, he wrote

Stuart Jeffries discusses the influence of the Black Country in the work of J.R.R Tolkien, especially in the creation of Mordor. The author explores how the ‘steelworks and blast furnaces of the West Midlands inspired The Lord of the Rings. Read The Guardian article here

The Peter Grunt Series by Ben Aaronovitch

Summer binge reading on PC Grunt’s adventures. To be honest I still struggle a bit with liminal fantasy and the author’s unique combination of folklore, Hollywood action flick, classic whodunnit, and Potterish magic. However, reluctantly I have slowly surrendered to Peter’s  charm and delightful sense of humour. In fact, it is humour what attracts me … More The Peter Grunt Series by Ben Aaronovitch