From Wednesday 8 September we will operating under Level 2 restrictions. We will be returning to usual opening hours.
Please note that we will require you
* to wear a mask at all times whilst instore
* sign in and sanitise your hands at entry
* maintain a 2m distance between you and other browsing customers
We are here to help you if you need assistance and are happy to organise a delivery for those who are still staying safe at home.
We will not be buying books until we return to Level 1.
Web orders will be processed and delivered via courier and NZ Post. Store pick ups can be ordered online or organised by phone and email. We will send you an email when your pick up is ready to be collected.
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In the 25 years since Tolkien's death in September 1973, millions have read "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion" and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in Bloemfontein in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood, brought up in near-poverty and almost thwarted in adolescent romance. He served in the First World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost some of his closest friends, and returned to academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while marking essay papers he found himself writing "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" - and worldwide renown awaited him. Humphrey Carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien's papers, and interviewed his friends and family. From these sources he follows the long and painful process of creation that produced "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion" and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of one of the 20th century's most cherished authors.