About me


Colin Duriez lives in Wallingford in Oxfordshire and writes books, edits and lectures. He has appeared as a commentator on extended version film DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, Walden/Disney’s special edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy, PBS’s The Question of God (about C.S. Lewis and Freud), the bonus DVD for Focus on the Family Radio Theatre’s audio dramatisation of The Screwtape Letters (which has the great Andy Serkis as Screwtape), and the Sony DVD Ringers about J.R.R. Tolkien fandom and the impact of Tolkien on popular culture. Colin has also contributed to television documentaries including, A Quest for Meaning -- Myth, Imagination & Faith in the Literature of J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis and the forthcoming, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and the Great War. He has spoken at a variety of conferences on Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and the Inklings in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Poland, Finland, Britain, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.

His many books include, The Oxford

Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien, and their Circle;

Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of

Evil; The A-Z of C. S. Lewis; C.S. Lewis: A

Biography of Friendship; J.R.R. Tolkien: The

Making of a Legend; J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S.

Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship; and A

Field Guide to Harry Potter. Another, AD 33:

The year that changed the world, concerns first

century history. Colin compiled an anthology of

English verse from over a 1000 years based on

the biblical text and called The Poetic Bible.

With the continuing interest in the maker of Middle-earth, he’s added the illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien: Amazing & Extraordinary Facts from Rydon Publishing.

Colin has completed a much-anticipated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers, and has contributed to a Summer School on fantasy literature held at

University of Oxford, “Here Be

Dragons” (2018).