More About the Author
John Garth was born in 1966 and grew up in the Home Counties of England before studying English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford University. He has since pursued a career in news journalism, both writing and editing in print and online, and he worked for many years for the London Evening Standard. He lives with his wife Jessica and their daughter Lorelei.
A long-standing passion for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, coupled with a growing curiosity about the individual's experience of war, led to the writing of Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth. The authoritative account of Tolkien's life in and around the 1914-18 conflict, it is the fruit of five years' research in public archives, among the family papers of Tolkien and his close friends, and on the site of the Battle of the Somme.
Tolkien and the Great War has been described by C.S. Lewis biographer A.N. Wilson as a 'masterpiece' and 'very much the best book on J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written'. It garnered the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship in 2004 and has so far been published in Great Britain, the United States, Italy and China.
John Garth has also reviewed books for the Times Literary Supplement, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Evening Standard and others. He is a regular contributor to the annual scholarly journal Tolkien Studies and has spoken at the National Army Museum in London, as a special guest of various societies, and at international conferences. He is interviewed on the extended DVD edition of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and on National Geographic's Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
His numerous other interests include history; northern mythologies; language and place-names; rock and pop, especially from the 1960s to the 1980s; photography; and the great outdoors. As well as Tolkien, he is also partial to (among others) Charles Dickens, Susan Cooper, Frank Herbert, William Blake, Tove Jansson, Alan Garner, John Irving, Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, and the vintage television tour de force that is The Clangers.
For further information and to read more of John Garth's writings, visit his website at www.johngarth.co.uk