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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.

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…
Children’s Illustrators: The enduring legacy of John Tenniel, Robert Ingpen, Maurice Sendak and Quentin Blake

Children’s Illustrators: The enduring legacy of John Tenniel, Robert Ingpen, Maurice Sendak and Quentin Blake

‘What is the use of a book without pictures?’ wonders the heroine of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. John Tenniel’s memorable illustrations of the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat,…
Author Spotlight: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Author Spotlight: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s father was a retired army surgeon who envisaged a military career for his son, but very soon after graduating from the Academy of Military Engineering in 1843, Dostoevsky…
Techniques for Predicting the Future

Techniques for Predicting the Future

At the beginning of his intriguing study of ancient techniques of divination, Robert Temple describes a hair-raising ‘descent into Hell’: after years of trying to gain access to the Oracle…

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