Brian Sibley appears on 'Bonus Features'
to new
Dalmatians DVD

101 Dalmatians has long had the status of being one of the Disney's most popular animated feature films although, in 1961, it seemed a radical departure, coming as it did only two years after the ornately decorative Sleeping Beauty.

Dalmatians was the first Disney feature to be animated using the revolutionary Xerox method of transferring the animator's pencil drawings directly onto the celluloid 'cels' that were then painted, placed over the backgrounds and photographed - a frame at a time - to make the moving picture. This process eliminated a costly stage in which every single animation drawing had to be traced by hand onto the cells using different colour inks.

Whilst much of the richness that had characterised the Disney look for twenty years was lost the gains were huge in that it captured of the energy and graphic style of the artists' original drawings and had a 'modern' feel for a contemporary audience.

The choice of Dodie Smith's 20th century children's classic, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, as a subject was inspired and the new sense of liveliness about the human and canine characterisations combined with the illustrative backgrounds - created through sketchy lines and blocks of colour - made it instantly appealing to a 'sixties audience.

The film's appeal - rooted in its charm and wit, its driving story-line, its heroic doggy hero and heroine and its unforgettable villain, Cruella De Vil - shows no sign of aging and it is a welcome new addition to the Disney 'Platinum Edition' series.

This new two-disc release is an 'all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound', and offers the kids an assortment of virtual games, music videos and pop-up trivia facts; while for the film fans, animation buff and movie history aficionados there are also deleted songs, and several documentary features.

Brian Sibley appears as one of the expert interviewees in 'Redefining the Line: The Making of 101 Dalmatians' and 'Cruella deVil: Drawn to be Bad', as well as narrating "Sincerely Yours, Walt Disney", a dramatised presentation that chronicles (for the first time) the correspondence between filmmaker Walt Disney and novelist Dodie Smith.

Read a review on TOON ZONE

Read Brian quoted in THE INDEPENDENT article, 'How Cruella became a De Vil woman'

101 Dalmatians
Platinum Edition DVD - with free cuddly Dalmatian (just the one!) - is released on 3rd March...

See Brian on the 'extras' to these other Disney DVDs...

* Read my feature article:
Remembering the Bear Necessities




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Everyone knows - even if they're not a card-carrying believer - that the Bible is full of memorable stories and my latest book, 50 Favourite Bible Stories, is a collection of some of the very best!

'Adam and Eve', 'Noah's Ark', 'The Ten Commandments', 'David and Goliath' and 'Jonah and the Whale': they're all here, along with 20 other stories from the Old Testament and twenty-five more from the New Testament, including may of the best known parables of Jesus --- all superbly illustrated by STEPHEN WATERHOUSE.

The book, published by Lion Hudson at £14.95 (or, depending on where you buy it, less), is part of CLIFF RICHARD's celebration of 50 years in show-biz and contains three CDs with all the stories narrated by Cliff himself.

The book - which would make a great Easter present for children, grandchildren and God-children - can be pre-ordered now from Waterstone's or Amazon.

Above right: Jonah saved from a watery grave!
© Stephen Waterhouse, 2008

Here's Cliff reading the opening story in the collection at the book's launch at Westminster Central Hall on Thursday 8th May, 2008...

Read (as a pdf) The Great Flood
and The Storm on the Lake

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The Golden Compass: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion is, as the title makes plain, a companion guide to The Golden Compass, the film based on the first of Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials and starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig and introducing newcomer, Dakota Blue Richards, as the young heroine of the series, Lyra Belacqua.

Like my previous books on the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this book features interviews with art-directors, make-up and costume designers, special effects wizards and the talented team of craftspeople who created the film's amazing props required to realise Pullman's imaginary universe: spirit projectors, spy-flies and the alethiometer - the curious truth-divining device that has become the icon image associated with book and film.

It also background material on Pullman's books and the world they describe, a conversation with screen-writer/director Chris Weitz and features what was Dakota Blue Richards' very first interview about the film that has already established her as a future star.

The hardback book is published by Scholastic at £14.99 ($14.99), but most on-line stores are selling it for almost half-that price, which - whilst not being too wonderful for the author's royalties - is at least great for the book-buying public!

Also now available...
The Golden Compass on DVD as theatrical and 'extended' editions, and in VHS and Blu-ray formats:




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Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It is a celebration of that unforgettable magical nanny who was created by P L Travers, immortalised by Julie Andrews in Walt Disney's 1964 Oscar-winning musical fantasy and who recently flew onto the stage in London's West End and New York's Broadway on her very particular umbrella with the parrot-head handle!

In collaboration with New York writer, MICHAEL LASSELL, I tell the story behind the writing of the original book and its sequels, the making of the much-loved film (considered by many to be the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's career), and the long and tangled tale of Mary Poppins' journey into musical theatreland.

Published by Hyperion/Disney Editions at $50, this lavishly illustrated, sumptuously bound, triptych-shaped volume has an accompanying portfolio of set- and costume- designs by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley and another of glossy, full-colour photographs which take the form of a visual synopsis following the story of the show, scene-by-scene and number-by-number.

Read Jim Hill's review of Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It at Jim Hill Media




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"The play's the thing," said Hamlet, so I'll begin with my stage productions, which include, most recently, a dramatisation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, staged by Flat Pack Productions at Greenwich Playhouse to considerable critical praise.

My interpretation of Dickens' "ghost story of Christmas" received two previous amateur outings, staged by The Lansbury Players who also took on my epic dramatisation of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Other shows include To Sea in a Sieve, a musical drama, based on the life and writings of the nonsense poet Edward Lear, created with composer Dave Hewson and performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Westminster Theatre in London with myself in the title-role and Polly March as Everyone Else!

Alphabeasts was a light-hearted musical entertainment drawn from the verses of that modern master of nonsense verse, Dick King-Smith, and staged at the King’s Head, London, with Sue Bloomfield and myself performing the songs, accompanied by composer, Dave Hewson.

There were more high jinx in England Our England, a revue created and performed with Polly March and Tony Miall to inaugurate the St James Theatre in Valetta, Malta; while, on a rather more sombre note, The Autumn People was a concert work on the theme of the dark carnival written for narrator, singers and musicians (once again with a score by Dave Hewson), premiered at The British Music Information Centre.

Among my critically-acclaimed radio dramatizations is the BBC’s legendary serialization of Tolkien's sprawling tale of the hobbits, warriors and wizards of Middle-earth The Lord of the Rings with Ian Holm as Frodo, Michael Hordern as Gandalf, Robert Stephens as Aragorn, John Le Mesurier as Bilbo, Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum and Bill Nighy as Sam.

The series still lives on, twenty-five years later, as CD and cassette collections and, rather wonderfully, has achieved the status of a radio classic.

Another BBC radio serial - almost as gargantuan as Rings - was C S Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia (all seven books from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Last Battle) which featured a cast that included Tom Wilkinson, Richard Griffiths, Timothy Spall, Maurice Denham, Martin Jarvis, Fiona Shaw, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions and Stephen Thorne as Aslan. The Narnian Chronicles are also available on CD.

However, it was to be my two 90-minute radio plays based on Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan and Gormenghast starring Sting, Freddie Jones, Bernard Hepton, David Warner, Eleanor Bron, Judy Parfitt, Maurice Denham and Sheila Hancock that won me a prestigious Sony Gold Radio Award.

Other dramatisations and serials include include two seasons of Tales of the Bizarre based on the stories of my friend, Ray Bradbury; James Thurber’s The Wonderful O; J B Priestley’s The Thirty-First of June; Laurens Van Der Post’s The Night of the New Moon and E T A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King.

I've had the privilege of working with some amazing actors including Jack Dee in Roald Dahl’s much-loved Danny, the Champion of the World, Wendy Hiller in P L Travers’ The Fox at the Manger; Jean Anderson in Frank Baker’s Miss Hargreaves; Patricia Routledge in Lucy M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe; Michael York and Simon Ward in Jeffrey Archer’s A Matter of Honour and Anton Rodgers, Alec McCowen and Anna Massey in my version of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.

And, while I'm name-dropping, I might mention that scripts for radio revues and entertainments have been performed by Thora Hird, Penelope Keith, Dora Bryan, Peter Goodwright, Una Stubbs, Leslie Phillips, Jeremy Lloyd, Beryl Reid and others.

My dozens of radio features have ranged across a wide diversity of subjects from the history of the weekend to an account of the "naughty 'nineties" and from Middle-earth to LEGOland.

Among my many documentary series for radio have been the BBC’s millennium history of the movies, A Century of Cinema, co-presented with David Puttnam; a celebration of film music, The Sound of Movies; a tribute to Judy Garland, No Place Like Home; a history of the Disney Studio, 'Aint No Mickey Mouse Business; , To Be It’s Magic!; and the story of soap-operas, To be Continued...

I wrote the words for Jeff Wayne's concept album, Spartacus, performed by Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones and made script contributions to various TV shows and several animated films, including the Oscar-winning film, The Wrong Trousers. I am especially proud of my screenplay for an animated version of Moby-Dick featuring the voice of Rod Steiger as the doomed Captain Ahab.

In addition to writing for radio, I began to be heard on radio: firstly as a reviewer and then one of the regular presenters of the BBC's legendary arts programme, Kaleidoscope. I have also presented BBC TV's First Light, Radio 4's film programme, Talking Pictures, and the World Service arts show, Meridian; as well as hosting the film and theatrical quizzes Screen Test and Break a Leg. And, in addition to all of that, I have contributed to such shows as Night Waves, The Green Room, The Afternoon Shift and occasionally provide entertainment reviews to Radio 2's Sunday Supplement.

My most recent book include Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen if You Let It (a celebration of Miss Poppins on the page, on the screen and on the stage); The Golden Compass: The Official Movie Companion and Peter Jackson: A Film-maker’s Journey, the authorized biography of the New Zealand film director who - like me - has had something of an obsession with The Lord of the Rings.

Other books include Shadowlands - The True Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman; (heard last year on BBC Radio 2, read by the late Ian Richardson); The Land of Narnia; The Book of Guinness Advertising; A Christmas Carol - The Unsung Story; The Thomas The Tank Engine Man - The Story of the Reverend Awdry and His Really Useful Engines and Three Cheers for Pooh!

I collaborated with fellow film historian, Richard Holliss, to write The Disney Studio Story; Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - The Making of a Classic Film. Other film books include the award-winning The Lord of the Rings - The Making of the Movie Trilogy; Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, and the best-selling Cracking Animation which he wrote in collaboration with Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations.

My latest book (to be published by Lion in March) is 50 Favourite Bible Stories, illustrated by Stephen Waterhouse and narrated on three CDs by chosen by Cliff Richard as part of his celebration of fifty years in show-biz.

Read my feature on the making of the BBC Radio's
The Lord of the Rings: The Ring Goes Ever On






First Steps

Part of the post-war 'baby boom', I was born, on 14 July 1949, in Clapham, South London, and grew up in nearby Wandsworth - not a million miles from where I've now ended up living.

I lived (with my Dad, an architectural draughtsman, and my Mum, a housewife) in the ground floor flat of an Edwardian (or was it Victorian?) house at 16 Cicada Road, but not knowing what a 'Cicarda' was, we called it 'Cicayda Road'!

There weren't many books in that house (Dad's income didn't run to luxuries), but I somehow inherited a second-hand copy of a large, red-covered book that was packed with short stories, poems and puzzles that became, for a time, my inseperable companion.

Serialized throughout the volume, every few dozen pages, was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The story made a powerful impact and Lewis Carroll was probably the first author to lay siege to my imagination.

Enter: Mr Edward Bear

A few doors away, lived a kindly lady named Mrs Bertoletti with a great many children's books belonging to her own youngsters, who had, long since, grown up and moved away. Mrs Bertoletti - to whom I shall always be indebted - passed us the 'Christopher Robin' and 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books (first editions, I dare say they were) on Extended Loan.

The rhymes and stories were read to me until (like the real Christopher Robin before me and many other children since) I could quote them verbatim.

Those verses about 'Sir Brian, Sir Brian' (my name!) who was "as brave as a lion" and all those funny Sayings and Hums of Pooh and his friends in the 100 Aker Wood were soon part of our daily conversation.

Then, the loan came to an end and the books went back. Years passed and I all but forgot about dear old Pooh. But, as you will see, he did forget me...

Meanwhile, when I was five years old, we left London for a more rural life in Chislehurst, Kent, where I spent my formative years in reasonable happiness and enjoyed a lazy and fairly undistinguished academic career: beginning at a cosseting little C of E primary school.

That's me, on the right (before I got my specs!) in my school cap which the stupid school photographer hand-tinted using the wrong colours!

Failing the 11+ I found myself at a very decent Sec Mod, where I learned to hate numbers and love words! As a result, I scooped an 'A' Level in English (the first boy in the school to sit an academic 'A' level, and after just one year's study) while, at the same time, struggling with my third attempt to get a CSE in Arithmetic!

I was sixteen when the Winnie-the Pooh books were published in paperback for the first time and was reunited with Mr Milne's Bear of Very Little Brain. Soon afterwards - and following a distinguished career as the author of sundry satirical school revues - I wrote my first play: The Lost Childhood, a free adaptation (made with a shameful disregard for the laws of copyright) of some of those Pooh stories I loved so much.

It was all fearfully 'sixties stuff, with Christopher Robin's toys being represented as eccentric humans, rather in the style of Jonathan Miller notorious television version of Alice in Wonderland.

I played a young-looking A A Milne and a very gloomy Eeyore, seen here (on a Vanity Fair-style photo shoot on Chislehurst common!) with my 'co-stars': Brian Denton (Pooh), David Boulton (Rabbit), Ian Carter (Christopher Robin) and Robert Hendry (Piglet)...

I must say, they were all terribly tolerant of their obsessive author/director --- the audience, however, was somewhat less so!

Fully Booked

All my pocket money went on books; those I couldn't buy for myself, I borrowed from the local library. Apart from renewing my acquaintance with A A Milne, I was being reunited with Lewis Carroll (and discovered his alter ego, Charles Dodgson) and forged new friendships that were to become lifelong companions: Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien, P L Travers and T H White.

I also fell under the spell of writers and versifiers from the Other-Side-of-the-Pond, among them James Thurber, Ogden Nash, Walt Whitman and especially Ray Bradbury, to whom I once sent a dizzy fan-letter that began a thirty year correspondence.

This is just one of the typically zany greetings I've received from Ray over the years.

Youthful Dreams

While at school, I also developed a passion for art and acting and misguidedly entertained ambitions to become either an illustrator and cartoonist or an actor and film star - or all four!

After numerous rejection slips from the Joke Department at Punch magazine and a string of failed auditions with most of the major drama schools, I eventually settled for a rather less imaginative career in local government. This was followed - when the red-tape finally got too restrictive - by a sojourn with a finance company in London, who never seemed to notice that I couldn't actually add up!

Throughout these years I kept my real interests alive by writing stories and poems for my own amusement, doodling cartoons for friends, editing a zany, photocopied magazine with a colleague in a London Borough of Bromley post-room (that was our editorial office, above left) and took part in local amateur dramatics, usually cast as love-sick juveniles - roles that didn't come easy to a lad in the 'sixties hesitantly coming to terms with being gay!

The Bear and the Bull

I got a bit hooked on Teddy Bears (beginning with my rediscovery of that childhood infatuation with Winnie-the-Pooh) and was soon corresponding with Pooh's illustrator, E H Shepard, who made me a drawing of my favourite character, Eeyore, and with Daphne Milne (the author's widow), who gave me various snaps of Christopher Robin and his friends.

Read an interview with me about Winnie-the-Pooh on ICONS: A Portrait of England

Around this time, I also got to know Michael Bond, the author of the Paddington books and Peter Bull, actor (Dr Strangelove, Tom Jones etc) and teddy-bear guru, who became a dear, loyal, encouraging friend both in my search to find what I was supposed to do in life and my quest to understand myself...

Pooh himself, by this time, had been 'abducted' by Walt Disney; but I didn't really mind as much as perhaps I ought to have done because I, too, was enslaved by the magic of Disney animation: frantically collecting anything and everything connected with the studio and its films.

My prize possession was - and still is - a copy of a book entitled The Story of Walt Disney, autographed (above right) by the man himself. Read the full account of how I acquired this Disney Gem.

Disney Dayze

As well as seeing every Disney film (some many times over), I spent all my free time in libraries poring over books and periodicals until I became a kind of Junior Walking Encyclopedia on the subject of Disney and animation.

I corresponded and, eventually, became friends with a number of veteran artists who had created the legendary Disney characters including Marc Davis (responsible for, among others, Tinkerbell and Cruella de Vil) as well as some of the actors who had given them their voices, such as Clarence Nash (Donald Duck) and the late Adriana Caselotti who was Snow White - both in and out of the movie!

Another Disney actress - unique in that she voiced two Disney heroines - is Kathryn Beaumont Levine who spoke and sang for both Alice (in Wonderland) and Wendy (in Never Land). I first met Kathy when I interviewed her for a BBC radio series entitled Disney's Women and she and her husband, Allan, quickly became very dear friends.

There we are (above) at the launch of a new DVD for Peter Pan in what was my first - and very probably my last - appearance in Hello magazine!

Click image to enlarge - and spot the unfortunate misprint!

Thinking it over, it was probably seeing a re-release of Disney's Alice in Wonderland that re-awakened my interest in Lewis Carroll's original.

Wanderings in Wonderland

My long-held interest in Wonderland's enigmatic creator eventually led to my joining The Lewis Carroll Society, where I founded and edited a newsletter, Bandersnatch (and its later supplement, By the Tum Tum Tree): an experience which taught me just about all I've ever learned about journalism!

I even got to publish some of my own doodles...

I also started giving talks, harnessing both my growing literary knowledge and my minimal acting skills.

My first genuine lecture (to the Lewis Carroll Society in 1974) was accompanied by a privately-printed booklet, Microscopes and Megaloscopes (about Alice at the movies); it was limited to 100 signed and numbered copies and is now, mercifully, probably the scarcest of all my publications!

It was these activities that eventually resulted in my stumbling into my present career, with a little help from, once again, that Silly Old Bear!

Three Cheers for Pooh!

In 1976, I was invited to give a talk to the Children's Books History Society on the occasion of Winnie-the-Pooh's 50th birthday. One of the guests was the aforementioned Peter Bull, who suggested to the BBC that I write it up as a radio programme for him to present.

did and he did.

And with that thirty-minute feature, Three Cheers for Pooh (a title I would later to give to one of my books) I took my first hesitant steps towards a career as a writer of radio programmes that eventually led to that of being a writer and presenter.

After a year of covertly writing scripts secreted in office files and taking leave in order to record them, the finance company for whom I worked was taken over by an American rival and, I was made redundant. Clutching £1000 redundancy money - thank you Uncle Sam! - I embarked on the interest-filled, but utterly insecure, life of the freelance.

A Journey of Unending Surprises

It is difficult to pick any one achievement from the ensuing years as being most important or significant, but others would undoubtedly spotlight my involvement in the BBC's celebrated radio serialisation of J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which, in turn, led to so much else.

Read my feature on the making of the BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings: The Ring Goes Ever On

In fact, I've done more things - and more unusual things - than I would have ever imagined possible: reviewing radio (and writing obituaries) for The Times; hosting a couple of radio quiz shows; presenting two live arts programmes a week; chairing a committee of the Society of Authors; serving as a judge on the Sony Radio Awards and winning a Sony Radio Award!

I've written sketches for Thora Hird, Disneytime scripts for Sarah Greene and Dannii Minogue (hands up who remembers Disneytime!) and, this year, a book of bible stories to be read by Cliff Richard.

I preached a sermon in Magdalene College, Cambridge; went to Moscow to work with a Russian animator on an acclaimed film versio of Moby Dick; chased Peter Jackson halfway round the world and back whilst trying to write his biography; and delved into the secret archives of The Magic Circle in order to write their visitor's companion The House of 10,000 Secrets.

Finally, I almost got into 'the charts' as a result of writing the narration - the small-print-credits unflatteringly calls it it 'text' - for Jeff Wayne's ill-fated and long-forgotten concept-album, Spartacus. If you ever come across Catherine Zeta Jones' single, For All Time, you discover that the 'B' side features Sir Anthony Hopkins reading my words to musical accompaniment by J Wayne!

And now...

Today, I share my life with magician David Weeks, who has been my companion for going-on eighteen years and who (since October 2007) is now my Civil Partner...

We live - in a flat heaped and stacked with books and hung with pictures - along with an intrepid little rabbit, named Buttons, who - as a world-traveller - has had numerous exploits and can be encountered in person on button's blog.

Photo: © Mandy Davis, 2007

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A Full List of Sibley Publications

(Click on TITLES to go directly to

50 Favourite Bible Stories
Illustrated by Stephen Waterhouse
Lion Hudson, 2008

Mary Poppins:
Anything Can Happen If You Let It
with Michael Lassell,
Hyperion, 2007

The Golden Compass: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Scholastic, 2007

Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey
HarperCollins, 2006

The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth
Illustrated by John Howe
HarperCollins, 2003

The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy
HarperCollins, 2002

The Lord of the Rings: Official Movie Guide
HarperCollins, 2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - Insiders' Guide
HarperCollins, 2001

Three Cheers for Pooh: A Celebration of the Best Bear in All the World
Egmont, 2001; NEW Edition, 2006

Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie
Abrams/Boxtree, 2000

Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation with Peter Lord & Nick Park
Thames & Hudson (UK) / Abrams (USA
as Creating 3-D Animation), 1999

The Map of Tolkien's Beleriand and the Lands to the North Illustrated by John Howe
HarperCollins, 1999

A Treasury of Narnia
with Alison Sage
HarperCollins, 1999

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers - Storyboard Collection
with Nick Park, BBC Books, 1998

Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave - Storyboard Collection
with Nick Park, BBC Books, 1997

The Frightful Food Feud
Illustrated by Rosslyn Moran
Lion Hudson, 1996

There and Back Again: The Map of The Hobbit
Illustrated by John Howe
HarperCollins, 1995

The Map of Tolkien's Middle-Earth
Illustrated by John Howe
HarperCollins, 1995

A Christmas Carol - The Unsung Story
Lion Hudson, 1994

The Thomas the Tank Engine Man: The Reverend Awdry & His Really Useful Engines
Egmont, 1994

A Really Useful Book-List: A Bibliography of the Rev W V Awdry
Privately Printed, 1994 [No longer available]

The Land of Narnia: Brian Sibley Explores the World of C S Lewis
Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
HarperCollins, 1989

The Disney Studio Story
with Richard Holliss
Octopus (UK)/ Crown (US), 1988

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & The Making of the Classic Film
with Richard Holliss
Hyperion, 1987

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: His Life and Times with Richard Holliss
Harper & Row, 1986

The Book of Guinness Advertising
Guinness Books, 1985

Shadowlands: The True Story of C S Lewis and Joy Davidman
Hodder & Stoughton (UK) / Revell (USA as C S Lewis Through the Shadowlands, where it received the Gold Medallion Book Award), 1985

The Picture-Strip Bible: New Testament
with John Pickering
Scripture Union, 1978

A A Milne - A Handlist of his Writings for Children
Privately Printed, 1976 [No longer available]

Microscopes and Megaloscopes; or Alice in Pictures-that-move and Pictures-that-stand-still
Privately Printed, 1974 [No longer available]

The following are books that I have edited...

The Wisdom of C S Lewis
Lion Hudson, 2000

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated with Victorian Lantern Slides
Abrams, 1988

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by David Hall
Methuen (UK) / Simon & Schuster (USA), 1986

The Pooh Book of Quotations
Words by A A Milne; Illustrated by Ernest Shepard
Methuen, 1984

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Mervyn Peake
Methuen, 1983

The Pooh Sketchbook
Illustrated by E H Shepard
Methuen, 1982

And here are some titles to which I have contributed essays, introductions or forewords...

The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context
Edited by Ernest Mathijs, Foreword Brian Sibley
Wallflower Press, 2006

Empires of the Imagination: A Critical Survey of Fantasy Cinema from Georges Méliès to The Lord of the Rings
by Alec Worley, Introduction Brian Sibley
McFarland, 2005

The C S Lewis Chronicles: The Indispensable Biography of the Creator of Narnia
by Colin Duriez, Foreword by Brian Sibley
Blue Bridge, 2005

A Field Guide to Narnia
by Colin Duriez, Foreword by Brian Sibley
Sutton, 2005

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
Introduction by Brian Sibley
HarperCollins, 2000

The J R R Tolkien Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life, Writings, and World of Middle-earth
by Colin Duriez, Foreword by Brian Sibley
Baker Books, 2000

Walt Disney and Europe: European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney
by Robin Allan, Preface by Brian Sibley
John Libby, 1999

A Lively Oracle: A Centennial Celebration of P L Travers, Magical Creator of Mary Poppins
Edited by Ellen Dooling Draper and Jenny Koralek, contains two essays by Brian Sibley
Larson, 1999

Mary Poppins
by P L Travers, Afterword by Brian Sibley
Collins, 1998

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Introduction by Brian Sibley
Methuen, 1998

The Complete Thomas the Tank Engine Stories by W Awdry
Afterword by Brian Sibley
Egmont, 1995

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