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Footnotes Blog

Some books spark ideas and conversations that our catalogue can’t contain, and we’d like to share them with you here on the Postscript blog. From ancient civilizations to aspects of the modern world, and from legendary characters to literary greats, read on to discover a miscellany of articles by our team of writers, brief conversations with publishers, introductions to our dedicated booksellers and reading recommendations from colleagues across our departments.

Explore the History and Treasures of Ancient Civilizations

Explore the History and Treasures of Ancient Civilizations

Thanks largely to improvements in farming, which brought a surplus of food and allowed people to develop broader skills and professions, complex societies began to emerge around 4000 BCE. Alongside…
The War on Paper

The War on Paper

When you can show your phone to a machine instead of handing over a train ticket, how strange to see Neville Chamberlain’s handwritten British Airways ticket to Munich. In The…
A Very Brief History of the Booker Prize

A Very Brief History of the Booker Prize

Booker Prize winners often see their careers transformed and the accolade now receives international recognition. Here we take a brief look at the history of the award, which was created…
Some of the Best Books of the 20th Century

Some of the Best Books of the 20th Century

Literature in the 20th century saw the creation of what are often considered to be some of the best books of all time, shifting from the realism of the late…
Author Spotlight: HP Lovecraft

Author Spotlight: HP Lovecraft

Known only by devotees of pulp fiction and Weird Tales magazine during his lifetime, HP Lovecraft is now recognized as one of the 20th century’s most significant writers of supernatural…
The Literary Lives of the Inklings: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams

The Literary Lives of the Inklings: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams

Meeting under a deliberately self-effacing name, the Inklings changed the course of imaginative literature in the 1930s and 1940s and included among their members JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Owen Barfield…
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