Brian Sibley - Author

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BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer and broadcaster with a lifelong interest in fantasy books and cinema. In addition to his award-winning radio adaptations of Tolkien he has collaborated with artist John Howe on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Maps of Middle-earth. Following his bestselling accounts of the making of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his official biography, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey, Brian returns to chronicle the making of The Hobbit.

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The Thomas the Tank Engine Man The life of Reverend W. Awdry

The Thomas the Tank Engine Man The life of Reverend W. Awdry

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2016

The Reverend W. Awdry was a devoted pastor and family man, who adored trains. He started to tell stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, in order to entertain his son Christopher. Those stories have gone on to entertain generations of children around the world. Awdry was a man of courage, who believed that you should live by certain rules. He built his imaginary world on the island of Sodor on these rules, and showed how those who transgressed them would always be 'punished, but never scrapped', as he said. A convinced pacifist, he was thrown out of one curacy and denied another during the Second World War, because of his beliefs. Never afraid to fight for what he thought was right, he argued with his publishers and his illustrators, demanding the best for his favourite creations - the trains and their friends.

The Thomas the Tank Engine Man The life of Reverend W Awdry

The Thomas the Tank Engine Man The life of Reverend W Awdry

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2015

The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends have delighted generations of children and adults, but what do we know of the man who created them? A devoted pastor and family man, the Reverend W Awdry first started telling the stories in order to amuse his own children, with no idea that the characters would lead to a global phenomenon that now, seventy years after their first appearance, shows no signs of waning. In this fascinating and warm biography, prolific author Brian Sibley brings to life one of the most eminent children's writers of the twentieth century, tracing his story from his Edwardian childhood through his time at University and into World War 2. A convinced pacifist, Awdry was thrown out of one curacy and denied another, because of his beliefs. Never afraid to fight for what he thought was right, he argued with his publishers and his illustrators, demanding the best for his favourite creations - the trains and their friends.

Official Movie Guide

Official Movie Guide

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Packed with behind-the-scenes photographs and exclusive interviews with cast and crew, this official illustrated guide tells the detailed story of the making of the final film in the award-winning Hobbit trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. Journey deeper into the magical world of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and principal filmmakers and cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who reveals film-making secrets about playing both the evil Necromancer and the dragon, Smaug. Richly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, creatures and costumes, this special collector's edition hardback is an essential guide to the final film in the award-winning trilogy. `In our adaptation of The Hobbit we have done something that Tolkien didn't succeed in doing in print and, hopefully, this will come fresh to people who will have never seen the full story playing out in chronological order.' PETER JACKSON

Three Cheers For Pooh

Three Cheers For Pooh

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

This is the story of how Winnie-the-Pooh came to be the nation's favourite teddy bear. Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the best-loved children's characters of all time. But how did he become so popular? In this beautifull book, author Brian Sibley tells the story of Pooh's origins and how he came to be the Bear for All Ages. Illustrated with many rare photographs, drawings and sketches, this book is the complete guide to Winnie-the-Pooh and his creators, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. This book really is something quite special. Perfect for fans aged 5 and 55. The nation's favourite teddy bear has been delighting generations of children for 90 years. Milne's classic children's stories - featuring Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself - are both heart-warming and funny, teaching lessons of friendship and reflecting the power of a child's imagination like no other story before or since. Pooh ranks alongside other beloved character such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. BRIAN SIBLEY is a writer, broadcaster, and life-long Pooh aficionado. His first radio programme was a celebration of Pooh's fiftieth birthday followed, a few years later, by a radio play about A. A. Milne. He compiled The Pooh Book of Quotations and edited The Pooh Sketch Book.

Shadowlands: The True Story of C S Lewis and Joy Davidman

Shadowlands: The True Story of C S Lewis and Joy Davidman

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

'We feasted on love, every mode of it - solemn and merry, romantic and realistic, sometimes as dramatic as a thunderstorm, sometimes as comfortable and unemphatic as putting on your soft slippers.' C. S. Lewis The celebrated scholar and writer C. S. Lewis achieved great success in his life - yet to many he remained an engima. Although he had many friends, few if any ever saw the real, private Lewis and for six decades of his life he remained a confirmed bachelor. Then, at the age of sixty, Lewis met Joy Davidman. Davidman, an unconventional American divorcee, turned his world upside down. It was with her that Lewis truly found love and was drawn out of his shell. This is the story of their brief but incandescent love, its tragic end and a faith that endures beyond even the deepest grief. This updated edition contains a new Introduction by author Brian Sibley and a Preface by the UK's leading Lewis scholar, Alister McGrath.

The The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth Special Edition

The The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth Special Edition

Author: Brian Sibley Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2003

Available together for the first time, Tolkien's Maps of The Hobbit, Beleriend and Middle-earth are beautifully presented in an exquisite box-set illustrated by John Howe. This special edition includes a unique map of Numenor. Written by the writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, a foremost expert on The Lord of the Rings (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), this slipcase features Tolkien's Maps of The Hobbit, Beleriand and Middle-earth, available together for the first time. Each map is a real labour of love, presented in a box-set stunningly illustrated by world-renowned Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his $300 million Lord of The Rings film trilogy. The maps, presented with individual books and wallets, are larger than those previously published, showing Tolkien's mythical lands in perfect detail - they are also expertly bound with fewer folds, making them perfect for portfolios or framing.

J.R.R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait

J.R.R. Tolkien: An Audio Portrait

Author: Brian Sibley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A compilation of radio and TV archive material from the 60s and 70s featuring interviews with JRR Tolkien, his relatives and colleagues in which he talks about The Lord of the Rings, his other Hobbiton books, life as an academic, correspondence received from fans and his views on the 20th century. Presented by Brian Sibley.

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