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SNEAK PREVIEW! First of a Two-part Glimpse into “The Bluebottle Boys” (Volume Two)

Sneak Preview

SNEAK PREVIEW! First of a Two-part Glimpse into “The Bluebottle Boys” (Volume Two) Notes: (1) Today and next Tuesday, I’m presenting a Sneak Preview of a portion of Volume Two of “The Bluebottle Boys.” On Thursday, May 4, there will be a special announcement. The serialising of Volume One of “The Bluebottle Boys” resumes on […]

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The Bluebottle Boys – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out

School

The Bluebottle Boys – Chapter 4, Part 1 – Edgbaston, Summer 1961: School Is Out [Note: The featured pic is a triptic of places Reggie and Stan visit over the summer. Left to right (1) Perrot’s Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower (inspirations for Tolkien’s “Two Towers”); (2) Sarehole Mill (inspiration for Tolkien’s The Shire […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: Sarehole Mill – The Outskirts Of The Shire

Sarehole Mill

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Part 2 Wake Green Road, Gracewell Cottages, Sarehole Mill – The Outskirts Of The Shire Take Birmingham’s A4040 outer ring road from Stratford-on-Avon road west at speed towards Moseley, near the M42 turn-off. You’ll pass plenty of suburban homes – fairly leafy, not a mass, of regimented grids and circles, the way you’ll […]

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Tolkien’s Birmingham: The Influence Of Environment On The Author

Environment

Tolkien’s Birmingham: Part 1 – The Influence Of Environment On The Author Environment, particularly in an author’s formative years, can leave an indelible mark upon an author’s point of view, certainly upon his or her selection of settings. After all, where would the Brontë sisters have been without their Gothic upbringing on the Yorkshire moors, […]

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