Dickens and Tolkien descendants will collaborate on books


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Don’t expect any strange literary mash-ups of Hobbits and London street urchins, though. According to the BBC, the novels will be written by poet Michael Tolkien, and they’ll be based on the stories that his grandfather told him as a child. As for Dickens’s role in this? It’s a lesser one: Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles, will narrate the audiobook versions.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.

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