Dickens, Tolkien grandsons team up for books

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2012, 13:04 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

London: According to publishers Thames River Press, descendants of British literary icons Charles Dickens and JRR Tolkien are collaborating on a pair of fantasy novels and audio books dedicated to children.

Sources confirm that Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles, will narrate the audio book versions of books ‘Wish’ and ‘Rainbow’ to be penned by poet Michael Tolkien, the grandson of JRR Tolkien.

Michael Tolkien was introduced to the tales in the 1940s and 1950s as a child, and he later read them to his own children.

He said he decided to pay tribute to the now-neglected tale and to "recreate the spirit of the original in new dress".

JRR Tolkien wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Charles Dickens` works include ‘Oliver Twist,’ ‘Great Expectations,’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’

Works of the two will be released later this year.

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