New Release Books by Brian Sibley

Brian Sibley is the author of The Great Tales Never End (2022), The Best Bear in All the World (2016), Art and Making of Artemis Fowl (2020), Joseph and the Three Gifts (2019) and other 83 books.

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The Great Tales Never End

release date: Jun 24, 2022
The Great Tales Never End
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.

The Best Bear in All the World

release date: Oct 25, 2016
The Best Bear in All the World
For the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, a sequel featuring new stories and a new character from the Hundred Acre Wood. Now a New York Times Bestseller. The Trustees of the Pooh Properties have commissioned four authors to write in the timeless style of A.A. Milne to create a quartet of charming new adventures for Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall: take a trip back to the Hundred Acre Wood with a collection of tales sure to delight year-round. One story finds Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on a quest to discover the "Sauce of the Nile" (they suspect it's apple). And in another, all the animals rally around poor Eeyore when he thinks he sees another donkey eyeing his clover. The winter story features a new penguin character, based on a stuffed toy owned by Christopher Robin Milne himself. Readers of all ages will love rediscovering old friends and making new ones in this essential new volume of Pooh stories. The book feature beautiful color artwork in the style of Ernest H. Shepard by Mark Burgess.

Art and Making of Artemis Fowl

release date: Apr 14, 2020
Art and Making of Artemis Fowl
Dive into the magical world originally created by Eoin Colfer in the beloved book series. From page to screen, travel behind the scenes to discover the myriad layers of movie-making. Casting, set design and construction, costuming, hair and makeup design, and high-tech gadgetry are all explored as the filmmakers bring Fowl Manor and Haven City to life.

Joseph and the Three Gifts

release date: Sep 17, 2019
Joseph and the Three Gifts
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 Thomas the Tank Engine Man

release date: Jul 17, 2015
The Thomas the Tank Engine Man
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.

Harry Potter Film Wizardry: Updated Edition

release date: Nov 13, 2018
Harry Potter Film Wizardry: Updated Edition
New York Times bestselling Harry Potter Film Wizardry was the first book to delve into the fascinating and intriguing world of an enormously successful film franchise. The book features interviews with cast members, including: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from the producer on all eight films, David Heyman, director David Yates, and production designer Stuart Craig. In this new, updated edition, readers will now be able to explore all eight of the films. This revised edition will include additional pages about the final two film installments and also feature a large blueprint of the layout of Hogwarts and a Ministry of Magic poster warning against Death Eaters. The interior features high-quality, close-up pictures of the props, sets, costumes, and special effects that bring depth to Harry's world. It is loaded with never-before-seen concept art and photos from Dumbledore's embroidered robes to the sets of Diagon Alley. The book will answer questions such as: How was Dobby created? How was Hedwig trained? How did the filmmakers bring the game of Quidditch to the big screen? In short: How does the movie magic happen? It will go beyond the usual moviemaking books by offering reproductions of production memos, notes from filmmakers, cast interviews, and fabulous bells and whistles, providing a truly interactive reading experience.

The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug
Draws on exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, cast members and principal filmmakers to share behind-the-scenes insights into the second entry in the trilogy inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prequel, in a volume sumptuously illustrated by set photos and special-effects scenes. Original. 125,000 first printing. Movie tie-in.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

release date: Nov 06, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide
Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.

A Field Guide to Narnia

release date: Jun 02, 2004
A Field Guide to Narnia
Are you traveling to Narnia? No matter if this is your first visit to C. S. Lewis's wonderful fantasy world or if you've 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 characters, places, objects and events. From Narnia expert Colin Duriez you'll learn Duriez also takes up some the sticky questions that you may be left wondering about, such as the destiny of Susan. His book will help you dig deeper into the series and its implications for understanding the Christian life.

The Fellowship of the Ring

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Fellowship of the Ring
This movie guide features photos on every spread. It is packed with interviews with the cast and crew, background to the film, features on special effects, monsters and make-up and also, how Peter Jackson's vision became a reality

The Golden Compass

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Golden Compass
Documents the process of bringing The Golden Compass to life with exclusive cast and crew interviews, storyboards, production sketches, and on-set photos. Original.

Cracking Animation

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Cracking Animation
Aardman Animations are, unquestionably, one of the biggest success stories in animated films: their masterpieces include Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, as well as much-loved characters such as Morph. Cracking Animation is entertaining, inspiring and essential reading for all Aardman enthusiasts, students of animation or anyone who wants to try making an animated film. This revised edition includes two new chapters. Chapter 7 looks in depth at the development and teamwork involved in a major animated film or television production, using The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! as an exemplar, and Chapter 8 presents exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the making of Aardman's most recent feature film, Shaun the Sheep the Movie. Packed with practical, fully illustrated and step-by-step descriptions of all the elements involved, this is quite simply the best publication on stop-motion animation.

The Lord of the Rings

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Lord of the Rings
Discusses the making of the movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," covering topics including filming locations, special effects, costumes, battle scenes, characters, and music.

Weta Digital

release date: Nov 01, 2014
Weta Digital
An insider's tour of twenty years of movie-making magic at Weta Digital - a stunning look at visual effects are created for the world's most iconic films. A talented director with the right cinematography crew may see in his or her head exactly the movie he wants to make. But to realize that vision he must have the right visual effects. These are exactly what the geniuses at Weta Digital provide. Movies featured include: The Lord of the Rings trilogy Avatar The Hobbit trilogy The Avengers Prometheus District 9 The Adventures of Tintin King Kong The Chronicles of Narnia Rise of the Planet of the Apes Elysium (premiering this August 2013. Directed by Neil Blomkamp of District 9 fame)

Creating 3-D Animation

release date: Oct 15, 1998
Creating 3-D Animation
Animation designers from an Academy Award-winning studio in England offer complete instructions for making a 3-D animated film, providing fully illustrated, step-by-step descriptions of the 3-D animation process needed to create effective characters and sets. 21,000 first printing.

Three Cheers for Pooh

release date: Oct 09, 2014
Three Cheers for Pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the best-loved children's characters of all time - he and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood have been delighting children since 1926. But how did the famous bear become so popular? In this beautifully produced gift book, author Brian Sibley tells the story of the origins of Winnie-the-Pooh and how he came to be the Bear for All Ages. Illustrated with many rare photographs, drawings and sketches, this celebratory book is the complete guide to Winnie-the-Pooh and his creators, A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

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

release date: Oct 10, 2013
Shadowlands: The True Story of C S Lewis and Joy Davidman
'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.

Mary Poppins

release date: Dec 04, 2007
Mary Poppins
Two veteran writers collaborate on this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the journey that took the “practically perfect” nanny from the pages of P. L. Travers’s beloved novels to the stage. Well-known British writer and radio personality Brian Sibley tells Mary Poppins’s story, from her obscure origins in Travers’s Australian childhood and her progress through the series of books Travers began to write in 1934, to her incarnation by Julie Andrews in one of the most successful Disney films of all time, to her long-awaited landing onstage in London’s West End. A long-time friend of Travers and co-writer with her of an unproduced sequel to the film, Sibley offers unique insights into the idiosyncratic author’s complex relationship to her heroine, and the decades-long series of proposals and negotiations that finally resulted in Disney Theatrical Productions joining forces with the Cameron Mackintosh Theatrical Group to realize Travers’s stories as a spectacular work of musical theater. Sibley’s details the entire development process of the show’s script, music, choreography, and design, culminating in a glorious opening night on December 15, 2004 in London’s Prince Edward’s Theatre, as Mary Poppins is met by cheering sold-out houses and critical raves. In the book’s second half, Michael Lassell gives a fascinating backstage account of the show’s transfer to Broadway, including the show’s American casting and important changes to its book, lyrics, and designs, as the creative team strives to “plus” Poppins to perfection.

The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth
Written by the writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, this slipcase features Tolkien's maps of The Hobbit, Beleriand and Middle-earth. Each map is presented in a box-set illustrated by Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his Lord of The Rings film trilogy. The maps, presented with individual books and wallets show Tolkien's mythical lands in detail - they are also bound with fewer folds, making them suitable for portfolios or framing.

The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide
An authorized introduction to the forthcoming film trilogy includes production stills, star and filmmaker biographies, and a behind-the-scenes examination of the making of the Tolkien world.

There and Back Again

release date: Jan 01, 2010
There and Back Again
Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley is a foremost expert on The Lord of the Rings (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), and here in this clothbound hardback he will take you to all the places Bilbo the Hobbit travelled through on his great adventure, and includes a gazetteer of the many places shown on the full-colour illustrated map which accompanies the book.,*Trace Bilbo's epic journey through the forest of Mirkwood to the Enchanted River and the Elvenking's Halls;,*Travel through the Desolation of Smaug to the heart of the Lonely Mountain, wherein lives the huge and evil dragon;,*Visit Rivendell, home of the Elves, in a hidden valley beyond the Edge of the Wild.The map is a real labour of love, illustrated by world-renowned Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his multi-award winning Lord of The Rings film trilogy, and who is soon to work on Guillermo del Toro's HOBBIT film.Each element in this collector's package is special; together they provide an enchanting and desirable artefact that will be a prized possession of Tolkien readers of all ages.

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey
Enter Bilbo Baggins' world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.

C.S. Lewis

release date: Jan 01, 1994
C.S. Lewis
The story of C. S. Lewis's life with Joy Davidman, his terminally ill wife.

Peter Jackson

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Peter Jackson
Once, Peter Jackson was a name unknown to all but a small band of loyal fans and fellow filmmakers. Now, he is the newest member of Hollywood's elite fellowship, with his name on the most successful movie trilogy of all time. Written with Jackson's full participation, this extensive biography, illustrated with never-before-seen photos from Jackson's personal collection, tells the inside story of how a New Zealander became Hollywood's hottest property?from the early cult classics, through Academy Award-winning success with Kate Winslet's Heavenly Creatures, the abandoned King Kong remake, and the filming of The Lord of the Rings?a project which was abandoned two years into pre-production, rejected by most of the other studios, and then picked up by New Line Cinema in the biggest gamble in film history. Drawing upon interviews with 50 of Peter Jackson's colleagues and contemporaries, author Brian Sibley paints a portrait of a true auteur, a man gifted with single-minded determination and an artist's vision. Jackson himself is both revealing and insightful about his entire filmmaking life, from his first childhood steps filming in Super 8 to the grand realisation of his life's dream: King Kong. Together, these joint narratives provide a truly unique and compelling insight into one of the finest cinematic minds at work today.

Through the Shadowlands

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Through the Shadowlands
In time for the 2005 release of The Chronicles of Narnia movie, Sibley provides the full story behind the movie Shadowlands.

The Road Goes Ever on and On

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Road Goes Ever on and On
Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley is a foremost expert on THE LORD OF THE RINGS (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), and here in this clothbound hardback presents an entertaining and informative overview of the writing of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and the creation of the original maps by Tolkien and his son, Christopher. The book is accompanied by a full-colour illustrated map, which can be removed for reference or even for framing. The map is a real labour of love, illustrated by world-renowned Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his multi-award winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy, and who is soon to work on Guillermo del Toro's THE HOBBIT film. Each element in this collector's package is special; together they provide an enchanting and desirable artefact that will be a prized possession of Tolkien readers of all ages.

West of the Mountains, East of the Sea

release date: Jan 01, 2010
West of the Mountains, East of the Sea
Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley is a foremost expert on The Lord of the Rings (he adapted the novel for the award-winning BBC radio dramatisation in 1980), and here in this clothbound hardback he will take you to the First Age of Middle-earth, many thousands of years before the events chronicled in The Lord of the Rings. This was the setting for the great War of the Jewels, as recounted in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion and includes a gazetteer of the many places shown on the full-colour illustrated map which accompanies the book. The Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North is faithfully reproduced in full colour by world-renowned Tolkien artist John Howe, the conceptual artist employed by Peter Jackson to work on his multi-award winning Lord of The Rings film trilogy, and who is soon to work on Guillermo del Toro's Hobbit film. The map is based on the original map by Christopher Tolkien. Embellished with heraldic emblems and dramatic scenes from The Silmarillion, it completes the trio of authorized Tolkien maps by John Howe which can be removed for reference or even for framing. Each element in this collector's package is special; together they provide an enchanting and desirable artefact that will be a prized possession of Tolkien readers of all ages.

A Grand Day Out

release date: Jan 01, 1999
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