Why have The Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, the Harry Potter stories, and other tales of heroic fantasy, been so phenomenally successful in the present apparently cynical and disillusioned age? In Return of the Heroes, Hal Colebatch argues that the popularity of these works shows the real health of our culture to be more robust than we sometimes believe, and confirms the centrality of traditional values which progressive thinkers have often disparaged or overlooked. In advancing this argument, he also seeks to entertain the many readers who love these works, and to open to them some new vistas of understanding.
Hal G.P. Colebatch is a well-known Australian poet and writer. His book Blairs Britain was selected as a Book of the Year by the London Spectator in 1999, and in 2003 he received an Australian Centenary Medal for services to Writing, Poetry, Law, and Political Commentary.
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