The Sibley/Weeks household having succumbed to the current virulent Covid variant, we have had to abandon our plans to travel to Lucca in Italy to attend next week's LUCCA 23: COMICS & GAMES TOGETHER, where I was to be talking about J. R. R. Tolkien and other fantasy writers. 
My sincere regrets and apologies to fans who were expecting to meet me there. Hopefully, another year...
Meanwhile, there's still a wonderful programme of events to enjoy in a beautiful and fascinating city; see detail HERE

Brian is hugely honoured to have been awarded the Tolkien Society's 'Outstanding Achievement Award' for 2022.

Coming 10 November 2022...
and Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth
and Illustrated by ALAN LEE

Published by HarperCollins

HarperCollins is proud to announce the publication in November 2022 of THE FALL OF NÚMENOR by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by writer and Tolkien expert, Brian Sibley, and illustrated by acclaimed artist, Alan Lee. The book will be published globally by HarperCollinsPublishers and in other languages by numerous Tolkien publishers worldwide.

Presenting for the first time in one volume the events of the Second Age as written by J.R.R. Tolkien and originally and masterfully edited for publication by Christopher Tolkien, this new volume will include pencil drawings and colour paintings by Alan Lee, who also illustrated The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and went on to win an Academy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a ‘dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told’. And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices.

It was not until Christopher Tolkien presented The Silmarillion for publication in 1977 that a fuller story could be told for, though much of its content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island-kingdom of Númenor, the Forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Christopher Tolkien provided even greater insight into the Second Age in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth in 1980, and expanded upon this in his magisterial 12-volume History of Middle-earth, in which he presented and discussed a wealth of further tales written by his father, many in draft form.

Now, using ‘The Tale of Years’ in The Lord of the Rings as a starting point, Brian Sibley has assembled from the various published texts in a way that tells for the very first time in one volume the tale of the Second Age of Middle-earth, whose events would ultimately lead to the Third Age, and the War of the Ring, as told in The Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit was first published in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings in 19545. Each has since gone on to become a beloved classic of literature and an international bestseller translated into more than 70 languages, collectively selling more than 150,000,000 copies worldwide. Published in 1977, The Silmarillion sold more than one million copies in its first year of publication and has gone on to be translated into almost 40 languages.

Brian Sibley says: ‘Since the first publication of The Silmarillion forty-five years ago, I have passionately followed Christopher Tolkien’s meticulous curation and scholarship in publishing a formidable history of his father’s writings on Middle-earth. I am honoured to be adding to that authoritative library with The Fall of Númenor. I hope that, in drawing together many of the threads from the tales of the Second Age into a single work, readers will discover – or rediscover – the rich tapestry of characters and events that are a prelude to the drama of the War of the Ring as is told in The Lord of the Rings.

Alan Lee says: ‘It is a pleasure to be able to explore the Second Age in more detail, and learn more about those shadowy and ancient events, alliances and disasters that eventually led to the Third Age stories we are more familiar with. Wherever I had the opportunity when working on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, I tried to imbue pictures and designs with an appropriate antiquity, an overlayering of history and of echoes of those older stories, and The Fall of Númenor has proved a perfect opportunity to dig a little deeper into the rich history of Middle-earth.’

The Fall of Númenor will be published by HarperCollins with a simultaneous global publication date of November 2022, and subsequently in translation around the world.

The streaming series, The Rings of Power, set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, will be released by Amazon Prime in September 2022.

Recently Published... 
A new volume from The Bodleian Library contains Brian's essay, 'Down from the door where it began...' Portal Images in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Great Tales Never End: Essays in Memory of Christopher Tolkien

Over more than four decades J.R.R. Tolkien’s son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, published some twenty-four volumes of his father’s work, much more than his father had succeeded in publishing during his own lifetime. Standing on the mountain of his son’s colossal publishing effort and extraordinary scholarship, readers today are therefore able to survey and understand the vastness of the landscape of Tolkien’s legendarium.

This collection of essays by world-renowned scholars, together with family reminiscences, sheds new light on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, his son Christopher’s unique gifts in communicating and interpreting that work and the debt owed to Christopher by the many Tolkien scholars who were privileged to work with him. What was Tolkien’s intended ending for The Lord of the Rings? Did it leave echoes in the stripped-down version that was actually published?  What was the audience’s response to the first ever adaptation of The Lord of the Rings – a radio dramatization that has now been deleted forever from the BBC’s archives? What was the significance of the extraordinary array of doorways which confronted the hobbits as they journeyed through Middle-earth?

The book is illustrated with colour reproductions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s manuscripts, maps, drawings and letters and, with the kind permission of his estate, photographs of Christopher Tolkien and extracts from his works, some of which have never been seen before, making this volume essential reading for Tolkien scholars, readers and fans.

Richard Ovenden OBE is Bodley’s Librarian. Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Includes essays by: Maxime H. Pascal; Priscilla Tolkien; Vincent Ferré; Verlyn Flieger; John Garth; Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull;  Carl F. Hostetter; Stuart D. Lee; Tom Shippey; Brian Sibley

  • Hardback
  • 232 pages, 234 x 156 mm
  • 51 colour illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781851245659
  • Publication June 2022
Brian writes:
"This book and my essay have for various reasons (Covid19 and the death of Christopher Tolkien) waited over two years to be published. 
"Purchasers are warned that, despite much proof-reading, there is an error (totally of my own devising) on p. 198, where I suggest – erroneously – that Gandalf was with Thorin and Co. when they attempted to enter the 'back door' to the Lonely Mountain. So now I've confessed, you don't need to write and tell me –– although, of course, you are still fully entitled to write and complain!" 
Coming Christmas 2021...
Brian's Christmas story, JOSEPH AND THE THREE GIFTS, has been adapted and serialised for a series of readings on BBC Radio 4. The reader will be ALEX JENNINGS and the series is directed by MARTIN JARVIS. 
Radio Times:
"Martin Jarvis directs Brian Sibley's moving five-part retelling of the Christmas story from Joseph’s angle. Told by Alex Jennings in the character of a cool, colloquial angel Gabriel."
** As featured on BBC Radio 4 this Christmas, narrated by Alex Jennings ** 
Although we are all familiar with Joseph - from a legion of retellings of the Christmas story - he remains, for many, a shadowy figure about whom we know very little and who is rarely given much thought, if any. This beautiful meditative fable, imagined as it might be told by the archangel Gabriel, helps us to understand who Joseph was and how he might have felt about the part he was called to play in the Greatest Story Ever Told. Joseph and the Three Gifts follows Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, in hiding in Egypt and a return to his carpentry in Nazareth as Jesus grows from boy to man to messiah. And it asks what Joseph might have done with the Magi's gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh. A wonderful story for all ages, perfect for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. The cover and interior illustrations for Joseph and the Three Gifts are by Henry Martin, an artist, ordained Anglican minister and author of Eavesdropping.
For Christmas 2019 – and for any other Christmas Yet to Come!

Brian's new book, Joseph and the Three Gifts: An Angel's Story is out –– just in time for Christmas! 

Described by Frank Cottrell Boyce as 'A little masterpiece', it takes a new, quizzical, look at the person of Joseph the Carpenter of Nazareth: that character who is an ever-present (but marginal) presence in the Christmas story –– as seen through the eyes of the Archangel Gabriel. 

This moving (yet often humorous) tale also provides an answer to the question: 'What became of the Magi's gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh?'

Joseph and the Three Gifts: An Angel's Story is published by Darton Longman and Todd @ £9.95. Purchase your copy HERE

The NEWS...

BIRDS & WORDS... For the second year running, Brian, has collaborated with a long-standing friend, the artist, sculptor and ace mosaicist, Martin Cheek.

Martin continues his series of mosaics celebrating the collective nouns given to bird: 'a Vatican of Cardinals'; 'A Gobble of Turkeys'; 'A Bevy of Swans'; 'A Circus of Puffins'; 'A Dictation of Secretary Birds'; 'A Demise of Dodos' and more. Each of these fabulous mosaics is accompanied by a pithy little rhyme written by Brian that captures something about the birds in question and their names. Sometimes Brian's verse will pick up an element in Martin's mosaic, sometimes Martin's mosaic illustrates the verse...

These delightful pieces are featured on a 12-page calendar for 2020 so birds and words can bring a dash of colour and amusement into your home or office month on month for 365 days. To learn more about the Calendars (or the original mosaics) message Martin Cheek for availability and prices.

All About Brian... 

Brian David Sibley (born 14 July 1949) is the author of over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programmes. He is widely known as the author of many movie 'making of' books, including those for the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Early life
Brian was born in Wandsworth, London, to Eric George Sibley, an architectural draughtsman, and Doris Alice Sibley (née Summers). His uncle was the philosopher Frank Sibley.

His family moved to Chislehurst, Kent when he was five years old where he was educated at St Nicholas Church of England Primary School and Chislehurst Secondary School for Boys (later renamed Edgebury School for Boys).

Following frustrated ambitions to be an actor, cartoonist and animator, Sibley worked first in various clerical capacities for the London Borough of Bromley and then for a shipping and finance company in the City of London as a clerk, office manager and head of department. In his spare time, he began submitting scripts to the BBC and, when his company was taken over, he accepted redundancy and became a full-time freelance writer.

Career – Radio Writing and Broadcasting

Sibley's first radio programme was Three Cheers for Pooh, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 14 October 1976 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. The programme was presented by actor Peter Bull, featured the voices of Norman Shelley and pianist and singer Antony Miall and was directed by John Tydeman, later Head of BBC Drama.

Other features quickly followed and, in 1981, he co-wrote (with Michael Bakewell) BBC Radio 4's 26-part adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings broadcast (and several times repeated) to much acclaim. The series featured Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier, Peter Woodthorpe and Bill Nighy.

Sibley has also adapted C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan and Gormenghast for Radio 4, for which he received a Sony Radio Award in 1985. The two 90-minute plays starred Sting as Steerpike with a cast that included Freddie Jones, Bernard Hepton, Sheila Hancock, Eleanor Bron, Judy Parfitt, Stratford Jones and Michael Aldridge. 

He returned to Peake's writings in 2011 with The History of Titus Groan, a cycle of six one-hour plays for BBC Radio 4's 'Classic Serial' based on Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone and Maeve Gilmore's Titus Awakes. Produced Jeremy Mortimer, the series began transmission on Sunday 10 July with a cast headed by David Warner, Luke Treadaway and Miranda Richardson and won the BBC Audio Drama Award 2012 for Best Adaptation.

Other major radio dramatisations by Sibley include: John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress; Tolkien's Tales from the Perilous Realm; Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World; Lucy M. Boston's The Children of Green Knowe, P. L. Travers' The Fox at the Manger, Laurens van der Post's The Night of the New Moon, J. B. Priestley's The Thirty-First of June, Jeffrey Archer's A Matter of Honour, Frank Baker's Miss Hargreaves, James Thurber's The Wonderful O, Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man (as well as two series of Bradbury's Tales of the Bizarre) and a six-part dramatisation of T H White's The Once and Future King starring David Warner as Merlyn.

2016 saw the broadcasting by the BBC of his two-part dramatisation of Richard Adams's Watership Down and the J. G. Ballard short story Track 12, starring Anton Lesser.

Original radio plays include the much-repeated Penelope Keith Christmas amusement ...And Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree; C. S. Lewis: Northern Irishman with Geoffrey Palmer and It's Too Late Now with Alec McCowen.

As a broadcaster, he was a contributor to and then a regular presenter of the former BBC Radio 4 arts programme Kaleidoscope and the BBC World Service arts magazine, Meridian. He also presented the Radio 4 film programme, Talking Pictures, was a regular presenter of The Afternoon Shift and chaired the radio panel games Break A Leg and Screen Test.

He has also contributed to Radio 4's Last Word, Brief Lives, A Good Read, The Radio 2 Arts Show and Radio 3's Night Waves. He also presented several series of the BBC television programme, First Light.

Radio features and documentaries for Radio 4, Radio 2 and the World Service have included programmes devoted to Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, Robin Hood, Dracula, Peter Pan, Winnie-the-Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and the life and work of Ambrose Bierce, Robert Raikes, Harry Houdini, Terry Pratchett, George Orwell, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, P. L. Travers, Richmal Crompton, Fred Zinnemann, Frank Capra, Jim Henson, Paco Pena, James Galway, Marcel Marceau, Bob Hoskins and Julie Andrews.

Key series for BBC Radio 2, made in collaboration with producer Malcolm Prince, include Ain't No Mickey Mouse Business, Disney's Women, David Puttnam's Century of Cinema, Ain't No Mickey Mouse Music, No Place Like Home: A Judy Garland Story and Showman and Starmaker: A Tribute to Bill Cotton. In 2010, he compiled and wrote a series of eight documentaries on aspects of The Musical. Among his interviewees for these various series were, Michael Caine, Richard Attenborough, Angela Lansbury, Margaret O'Brien, Dirk Bogarde, Roy E. Disney, Robert Wise, Ken Annakin, Richard Curtis, Richard M. Sherman, Leslie Briccusse, Bryan Forbes, Sandy Wilson, Tim Rice, James Rado and Edward Albee.

Sibley's book, Shadowlands, was serialized on Radio 2, read by Ian Richardson in what was one of the actor's last pieces of broadcast work recorded before his death.

The Daily Telegraph radio critic, Gillian Reynolds gave him the accolade "magician of the airwaves".

In 1992, Sibley wrote much of the script for Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of Spartacus.

Career – Publications

Books include The Disney Studio Story , Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of the Classic Film and Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times (all with Richard Holliss); The Land of Narnia, illustrated by Pauline Baynes; The Treasury of Narnia (with Alison Sage); Shadowlands: The True Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman; The Book of Guinness Advertising; a biography of Wilbert Vere Awdry, entitled The Thomas the Tank Engine Man; A Christmas Carol: The Unsung Story; Cracking Animation: The Aardman book of 3-D Film-making, (with Peter Lord); Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie; Three Cheers for Pooh; and The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth with artist John Howe.

He is also the author of the children's book, The Frightful Food Feud, and has edited, among other books, The Pooh Sketchbook and The Pooh Book of Quotations and The Wisdom of C. S. Lewis.

The author of The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy and other books accompanying The Lord of the Rings, he subsequently published the official biography of the films' director, Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker's Journey.

More recent books include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – The Official Movie Guide, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – The Official Movie Guide, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The Official Movie Guide,The Making of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Harry Potter Film Wizardry, The Golden Compass: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen if You Let It (with Michael Lassell) and a retelling of 50 Favourite Bible Stories selected and read on CD by Cliff Richard and illustrated by Stephen Waterhouse.

In October 2016 he was one of four writers contributing new stories about Winnie-the-Pooh for a 90th birthday collection, The Best Bear in All the World.


His story introduced a new character, Penguin, inspired by a vintage photograph of A. A. Milne and his young son, Christopher Robin, playing with the original teddy bear who became Winnie-the-Pooh and a plush toy penguin. The same month saw the publication of Taschen Books' The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968 to which he contributed five critical essays on Disney films.

He recorded DVD audio commentaries for Around the World in 80 Days, Animal Farm and Fantasia.

He has also appeared on the bonus extras to a number of Disney Blu-rays and DVDs, among them Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh as well as being included in the documentaries associated with various DVD releases of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Other Interests

Sibley is President of The Lewis Carroll Society (2014-  ); Honorary Member of The Tolkien Society and The Children's Books History Society; Member of The Inner Magic Circle.



A revised and updated edition of The Thomas the Tank Engine Man, Brian's 1985 biography of the Reverend W Awdry is now available from Lion Hudson with a new introduction and epilogue and a Foreword by Gyles Brandreth

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Brian's most recent radio dramatisation was an adaptation of T H White's fantasy classic, The Once and Future King...

The series of six one-hour plays were based on White's idiosyncratic retelling of the Arthurian legends that was also the inspiration for the Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical, Camelot, and the Walt Disney animated film, The Sword in the Stone.

The dramatisation followed Arthur's story from his boyhood as an adopted orphan to his miraculous revelation as 'Rightwise King of All England', the creation of the Round Table and its eventual collapse in the ruins of forbidden love, hatred, deceit and revenge.

The Once and Future King starred David Warner as Merlyn...

...and Paul Ready as King Arthur with Lyndsey Marshal as Queen Guenever

You can discover more about the series and its cast here


Brian's latest book The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Official Movie Guide was published on 20 November in paperback and in a limited edition signed by the author...

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Also out a new edition of Brian's book, Three Cheers for Pooh...

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Brian's third volume, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Official Movie Guide, will be published in November 2014.
The fascinating, fact-filled, behind-scenes story of the making of Aardman Animation's most ambitious feature-length film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (or for American readers, The Pirates! A Band of Misfits)
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Brian's six-part dramatisation of the 'Gormenghast' novels of Mervyn Peake, The History of Titus Groan received the Best Adaptation Award in the inaugural BBC Audio Awards.

The award was presented by David Tennant. at a ceremony in the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House on Sunday 29 January,2012.

The judges described this as "a brilliant piece of radio drama. It was a hugely ambitious undertaking to adapt the darkly comic, surreal and visual world of Mervyn Peake's novels for sound and this adaptation is faithful to both the spirit and the landscape of the originals.


Followers of Brian's recent cycle of radio plays (for more details, see below), may care to know that the complete six-hour series can now be purchased and downloaded from AudibleGo

Over six weeks, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Brian's dramatisation, The History of Titus Groan, based on Mervyn Peake's trio of novels Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone with elements of the recently published Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmore (see item below).

The cycle of radio plays began with 'Titus Arrives' in which Titus, the 77th Earl of Gormenghast is born to the royal house of Groan and the ruthlessly ambitious kitchen boy, Steerpike, makes a bid for freedom. Here are Carl Prekopp (left), as Steerpike, Hugo Docking,
(right), as young Titus and Luke Treadaway, (centre), as the narrator Titus. The series concludes on Sunday 14 August (repeated Saturday 20 at 21:00) with 'Titus Alive', concluding Mervyn Peake's Titus Alone and an episode from Maeve Gilmore's Titus Awakes.
 Steerpike and Titus x Two
The plays featured a terrific cast including David Warner, Miranda Richardson, James Fleet, Adrian Scarborough, Paul Rhys, Mark Benton, William Gaunt, Tamsin Greig, Fenella Woolgar, Claudie Blakeley, Maureen Beattie and Gerard Murphy.

Here is Brian with members of the cast on the first day of recording...

The plays are now available for purchase on download.

The series' producer, Jeremy Mortimer, writes about project (with a sound clip of Brian talking about the production) on the BBC Radio 4 Blog.

Photos: Islay Bell-Webb and David Hunter

BBC Radio 4 broadcast a half-hour documentary, A Hundred Years of Mervyn Peake, exploring the life of the artist and writer and, in particular, his connection with the island of Sark and its fictional counterparts in Peake's illustrations to Treasure Island (left), The Hunting of the Snark, Swiss Family Robinson and other works.

The programme was presented by Mervyn's son, Sebastian Peake, and featured his brother and sister, Fabian and Clare as well as novelist, Joanne Harris and Gormenghast's dramatist, Brian Sibley.

You can listen to the programme again on BBC iPlayer

Titus Awakes by Maeve Gilmore based on a fragment by Mervyn Peake from Vintage Books (Random House) with an introduction by Brian Sibley

Mervyn Peake's widow, the late Maeve Gilmore, wrote a conclusion to her husband's cycle of novels about Titus Groan. Lost for many years, the book is now finally published to coincide with Mervyn Peake's centenary.


Brian appears on the Blu-ray 60th Anniversary Edition release of Walt Disney's 1951 animated feature, Alice in Wonderland in a fascinating 76-minute picture-in-picture documentary, Through the Keyhole: A Companion’s Guide to Wonderland.Also... Don't miss Brian's feature-length audio commentary on the Blu-ray release of Walt Disney's 1940 classic, Fantasia.

In the PAPERS...

Brian was featured on the cover of July 2013 issue of The Magic Circular, the magazine of The Magic Circle with a profile interview inside...

On the BOX...

Brian can also be seen on the extras to just-out 70th Anniversary DVD release, Pinocchio

At the MOVIES...

Brian is currently to be seen in a new documentary film, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story which examines the career and the strained sibling relationship between songwriting brothers, Richard M Sherman and Robert Sherman.

The Sherman Brothers wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Slipper and the Rose and provided songs for countless Disney movies - Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, Winnie-the-Pooh to name but a few - as well as many of the Disneyland attractions such as 'It's A Small World'.

On the WEB...

Read Brian's entry on Wikipedia

Read Brian on the BBC Today website talking about Mickey Mouse at 80

Several of Brian's photographs of Venice are now appearing on the website of his favourite hotel in the city, Hotel Ala

In addition to those on the Home Page, others will be found on the pages devoted to 'Location' and 'Reservation'.

Now, scroll down here to the Galleries to see even more photos of this incomparable city.

Brian's book of 50 Favourite Bible Stories (see below) is discussed on the Official Cliff Richard Website and the book gets a nice on-line review at The Good Bookstall

Read Brian's interview on Winnie-the-Pooh's iconic status on ICONS: A Portrait of England

Off the PRESS...

Out of print for several years, Brian's guide to J R R Tolkien's map-making will be republished on 28 May as The Road Goes Ever On and On: The map of Tolkien's Middle-earth.

The revised hardback edition will have new illustrations by John Howe as well as John's colour version of the map in a pocket at the back of the book.

On his web-site, the artist writes: "I did new black-and-white illustrations for the booklet, since I couldn't locate the ones I'd done for the first edition (they were pretty bad; had I located them, I might well have chucked them out and done new drawings anyway)."

You can order your copy here

A new paperback edition of Phantastes, George MacDonald's 1858 novel of the fantastic is published at £7.99 by Paternoster with Arthur Hughes' original illustrations and an introduction and annotations by Nick Page. The book carries endorsements from C S Lewis, W H Auden, G K Chesterton - and Brian Sibley who writes: 'Phantastes is a haunting, provocative and disquieting novel that links the dreams of medieval romance with the new awakenings of the Victorian era and - in opening a long-lost door to the realm of Faerie - stands as a daringly challenging forerunner to the modern fantasy novel.'

50 Favourite Bible Stories retold by Brian, illustrated by the brilliant young artist, Stephen Waterhouse and read on three CDs by Cliff Richard as part of the musical star's celebration of fifty years in show-biz


The Golden Compass: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion Brian's book tells the behind-the-scenes story of The Golden Compass, the first film based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.


Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It This book chronicles the journey of everyone's favourite nanny from page to stage: P L Travers immortal character as she appeared in the original books, in Walt Disney's unforgettable film and, most recently on the Broadway and West End stage...



Brian Sibley's biography: all you've never needed to know!


The WORKS...

How (and Why) those books got written

All the Sibley tomes and volumes brought to book -- and listed!



The back-stage, off-air story of Brian Sibley's shows and programmes

A full schedule of the Sibley output for stage, radio and television



Sibley appearances and commentaries on DVD

Sibley Works on CD and Cassette


A series of Photo-Essays by Brian Sibley & David Weeks


Venice Observed View...

Snapping the Cliché-Ridden View...

Venice: The Bizarre Bazaar View...

Observed by Venice View...




The Ring Goes Ever OnThe Making of the BBC Lord of the Rings

The Bradbury Machine
Sci-Fi legend, Ray Bradbury, talks about his life and books...
...And Yet Another Partridge in a Pear Tree
The script of Brian's popular Christmas monologue

Meeting Mr Wonka
Memories of encountering Roald Dahl

How I Got Walt Disney's Autograph

A book-collector's dream story

Remembering the Bear Necessities
Recollections of Disney's The Jungle Book

Heaven on Earth
In Praise of Emporios on the Island of Kalymnos


The BLOGS...

Brian Sibley: the blog
Random Thoughts on the Ups-and-Downs & Round-Abouts
of the Carousel of Life


Brian Sibley's Likely Stories
A Collection of Terrible Tales and
Freaky Fables


Ex Libris: Brian Sibley
Volumes taken at idle moments
from my bookshelves


Window Gazing
A gallery of images looking at, into,
or out of windows...

button's blog: a rabbit's ramblingsmemorable photo-moments from his globe-hopping life



Original images © Brian Sibley and David Weeks, 2008/15
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