Some of Britain’s greatest authors have been snubbed by the BBC as both JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter and JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings have been left out of the BBC‘s list of books from the Queen‘s 70-year reign.
The BBC’s Big Jubilee Read has been compiled following a five-month search that has involved librarians from towns and villages across the UK – along with readers in 54 countries.
It aims to offer 70 pieces of ‘brilliant, beautiful and thrilling writing’ produced by authors from all over the Commonwealth over the last 70 years, 14 of whom are from the UK.
Yet two of Britain’s most prestigious novelists have been omitted from the list, The Times reports.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, almost certainly the UK’s largest literary export over the period, has been left out alongside JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – beloved since its publication in 1954.
Both franchises were hugely popular globally, both in terms of the original books and subsequent films.
It comes as British megastar author Rowling, 56, has faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 for using the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’.
She later defended herself against the claims in a passionate essay but has been hounded online by some members of the trans community ever since.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Matthews and Jamie Phillips