Colin Duriez - Author

About the Author

Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on extended DVDs of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television's The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works, The Tolkien Encyclopedia and a number of other tomes relating to J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Tolkien and the C. S. Lewis Gift of Friendship

Tolkien and the C. S. Lewis Gift of Friendship

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2015

This book explorees their lives, unfolding the extraordinary story of their complex friendship that lasted, with its ups and downs, until Lewis's death in 1963.

The Oxford Inklings Lewis, Tolkien and their circle

The Oxford Inklings Lewis, Tolkien and their circle

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/01/2015

The Oxford Inklings tells the story of the friendships, mutual influence, and common purpose of the Inklings - the literary circle which congregated around C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Meeting in pubs or Lewis's college rooms, they included an influential array of literary figures. They were, claimed poet and novelist John Wain, bent on the task of redirecting the whole current of contemporary art and life . Tolkien and Lewis expert Colin Duriez unpacks the Inklings' origins, relationships, and the nature of their collaboration. He shows how they influenced, encouraged, and moulded each other. Duriez also covers the less celebrated Inklings, neglected, he claims, for too long. What did they owe - and offer - to the more acknowledged names? What brought them together? And what, eventually, drove them apart from their initial focus upon each other's writings?

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis An encyclopaedia of his life, thought, and writings

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis An encyclopaedia of his life, thought, and writings

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2013

This fascinating volume brings together all the aspects of C S Lewis's life and thought. It will delight anyone who is interested in C S Lewis and wants to learn more about him. Arranged in alphabetical order The A-Z of C S Lewis begins with The Abolition of Man - a book written in 1943 and described by Lewis as almost my favourite - to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. Lewis's work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one small part - his children's stories and his popular theology - and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This is an enormously readable and attractive work that will be read time and time again.

Bedeviled Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil

Bedeviled Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2013

C S Lewis A biography of friendship

C S Lewis A biography of friendship

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2013

An Oxford student of C.S. Lewis's said he found his new tutor interesting, and was told by J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Interesting? Yes, he's certainly that. You'll never get to the bottom of him.' You can learn a great deal about people by their friends and nowhere is this more true than in the case of C.S. Lewis, the remarkable academic, author, populariser of faith - and creator of Narnia. He lost his mother early in life, and became estranged from his father, much to his regret. Throughout his life, key relationships mattered deeply to him, from his early days in the north of Ireland and his schooldays in England, as still a teenager in the trenches of World War One, and then later in Oxford. The friendships he cultivated throughout his life proved to be vital, influencing his thoughts, his beliefs and his writings. What did Arthur Greeves, a life-long friend from his adolescence, bring to him? How did J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the now famous Inklings, shape him? Why, in his early twenties, did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her for so many years until her death? And why did he choose to marry so late? What of the relationship with his alcoholic and gifted brother, who eventually joined his unusual household? In this sparkling new biography, which draws on material not previously published, Colin Duriez brings C.S. Lewis and his friendships to life.

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts - J.R.R. Tolkein

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts - J.R.R. Tolkein

Author: Colin Duriez Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2012

Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: J.R.R. Tolkien is the authoritative collection of the man behind Middle-earth, and his remarkably detailed imaginative world of Hobbits and Elves.Though undoubtedly an academic, there was much more to J.R.R. Tolkien. He was 'kidnapped' as a baby in South Africa, orphaned, and mentally scarred from the bloody Battle of the Somme of World War I. and preferred ordinary family life and seaside holidays to his later celebrity. His major book, The Lord of the Rings, one of the most popular and successful stories of our time, was expected by its doubting publisher to make a big loss.From ordinary places that inspired Tolkien, to imaginary creatures or settings, or from his world of scholarship to the faith that sustained him, wherever you go, you will be certain to find clues and insights that explores all aspects of the incredible Tolkein phenomenon.

Francis Schaeffer - An Authentic Life

Francis Schaeffer - An Authentic Life

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2008

AD 33 The Year That Changed the World

AD 33 The Year That Changed the World

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2008

AD 33 was the year when an obscure religious teacher died a criminal's death in an outpost of the Roman Empire, an event which had world-changing consequences in the form of the beginnings of Christianity. What was the world like in that momentous year? This book presents events in the Roman Empire and beyond.

The Unauthorised Harry Potter Companion

The Unauthorised Harry Potter Companion

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2007

Duriez is a leading authority on Narnia and 'The Lord of the Rings'. In this book, he turns his attention to their modern equivalent, Harry Potter. He takes the works seriously as modern classics and places them not only in the tradition of children's literature but in the broader tradition of western literature and magic.

AD 33 The Year That Changed the World

AD 33 The Year That Changed the World

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2006

In AD 33, we find out about events in the Roman empire and beyond in order to obtain a picture of the historical setting of the year of Christ's death.

Field Guide to Narnia

Field Guide to Narnia

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2005

Whether this is your first visit to C. S. Lewis's wonderful fantasy world or you have been there many times, you'll want to bring along this handy companion to the landscape and inhabitants of Narnia, including an A to Z guide to its characters, places, objects, and events.

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2005

The friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis lasted over 40 years and was for each the most important creative collaboration in their lives. Colin Duriez's book focuses primarily on this remarkable literary association, exploring the origins of the mythological worlds which both writers placed at the centre of their fiction.

A Guide to Middle Earth Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings

A Guide to Middle Earth Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/12/2004

This absorbing insight into the mind behind Middle-earth will introduce or remind readers of the abundance that exists in Tolkien's thought and imagination. Interweaving sections explore The Lord of the Rings and its history; the key themes, concepts and images in Tolkein's work; the people and places in his life, and his other writings. At the heart of the book is an indispensible A-Z of middle-earth, with detailed entries on Beings, Places, Things and Events.

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.Lewis

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S.Lewis

Author: Colin Duriez Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1980

The friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis lasted over 40 years and was for each the most important creative collaboration in their lives. This work explores the origins of the mythological worlds which both writers placed at the centre of their fiction.

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