An interview with Simon Tolkien

Author of The Inheritance.






Simon Tolkien , grandson of J. R. R. Tolkien, studied Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford and then went on to become a successful barrister specializing in criminal justice where according to British custom he appeared on behalf of both the prosecution and the defense. He now lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

Simonís first novel, titled Final Witness in American publication, was published by Random House in 2002 and has been translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Inheritance, was published by Minotaur Books on April 13. Although he has always admired his grandfatherís books, Simonís own writing draws more heavily from his experiences as a trial lawyer and his abiding interest in modern European history, the legal and social politics of 20th century British society.

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