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The Hobbit - Alan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien

First read to me by my Dad when I was seven years old, Tolkien's magical tale travelled along with me like a comfortable blanket, and when this illustrated edition was published I passed the torch on by reading it aloud to my younger brother. It is timeless, immersive, shifting from cosy to sinister to transcendental with grace, balance and poetry, and it's certainly my favourite of Tolkien's books, with less emphasis on the suspect racial aspects that are prominent in The Lord of the Rings.