Chichester author completes fantasy trilogy

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A UNIVERSITY of Chichester professor will be launching the final volume of a trilogy of books on fantasy literature next week.

Bill Gray, professor of literary history in the department of English and creative writing, will present Fantasy, Art and Life: Essays on George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson and Other Fantasy Writers, which is now available in paperback.

Although there was no original plan to write a trilogy, Prof Gray says he was compelled to draw his writings together to form a complete overview after his first book Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth in 2008.

But after writing the second book Death and Fantasy, he was reluctant to leave it at that and decided on the third book which focuses on how fantasy literature provides an insight into the real world.

Prof Gray said: ‘Call me superstitious, but it didn’t feel right to leave the last word to death.’

The book launch takes place in Cloisters, on the Bishop Otter Campus, on November 23 from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.