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He was born in Derbyshire and spent his early life in Long Eaton, Derbyshire , in a couple of new council estates near Portsmouth and six years in a mining village in South Wales, before moving to the West Midlands. After school he studied for two years at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, before completing his studies at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland where he read English and philosophy. After a career in editing and journalism in London, interspersed with some teaching, he migrated to Leicester in 1983 to work with a small publisher, IVP, as a commissioning editor. In 2002 he started his own business, InWriting, devoted to writing, editorial services, and some book acquisition for publishers.
Duriez won the Clyde S. Kilby Award in 1994 for his research on the Inklings. He has published many articles, books and other written works, and he has spoken to a variety of literary, academic and professional groups. His best-known books include The C. S. Lewis Handbook (Monarch Publications/Baker Book House, 1990), the Tolkien and Middle-earth Handbook (Monarch Publications/Baker Book House/Angus & Robertson, 1992), The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia (Crossway, 2000/SPCK, 2002), The Inklings Handbook (co-authored with David Porter, Azure/Chalice Books, 2001) and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings (Azure/Hidden Spring, 2001).
Books by Colin Duriez
- Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil
- The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia
- The Inklings Handbook (with David Porter)
- Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings: A Guide to Middle Earth
- A Field Guide to Narnia
- A Field Guide to Harry Potter
- The Poetic Bible (compiler)
- J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
- The Unauthorised Harry Potter Companion
- Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life
- Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship
- The C.S. Lewis Chronicles
- AD 33: The Year That Changed the World
- "Machynlleth Tolkien festival launches on-line magazine". BBC. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
- Ratliff, Ron (15 November 2005). "Twelve titles chronicle the legacy of C.S. Lewis". Library Journal. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
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