A beautiful story brought to life with stunning artworks by the illustrator of Middle Earth and Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

Osric the Extraordinary Owl tells the story of a little owl who considers  his life to be as dull, grey and uninteresting as his feathers and goes in search  of a more colourful identity before learning to express himself in the place  where he is most at home.

This book is a collaboration between two friends: the renowned illustrator Pauline Baynes – celebrated for her incomparable illustrations to the seven volumes in C S Lewis’ much-loved ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ and books by  J R R Tolkien, including Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major, along with treasured maps of Middle-earth and Narnia – and the award-winning writer and broadcaster, Brian Sibley, who has written about both Lewis and Tolkien and was responsible for the legendary  BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings.

Brian Sibley

Brian is a writer and broadcaster with a life-long interest in fantasy books and cinema. His fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien and the myths and history of Middle-earth led to his critically acclaimed BBC radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings.

Brian’s radio dramas included several of Tolkien’s short novels and C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. His books include Three Cheers for Pooh, Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie, Cracking Animation, The Disney Studio Story, The Land of Narnia and Shadowlands and many, many more.

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Brian Sibley
Pauline Baynes

Pauline Baynes

With her fantastical talent she brought many of the most famous fantasy landscapes to life including Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.

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Wayne G. Hammond

Wayne G. Hammond

Wayne is a scholar known for his research and writings on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and is the Chapin Librarian of the Library of Rare Books at Williams College, Massachusetts.

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Jay Johnstone

A Tolkien inspired artist as well as a book illustrator and publisher.  He is also the founder and driving force behind the www.scififantasynetwork.com and runs HJMS an award winning design and marketing agency.

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Osric

This hardback collectors edition of only 250 copies comes in a presentation box with signed tipped in bookplates by Brian Sibley and Wayne G Hammond and is also signed, numbered and dated by the designer Jay Johnstone.

The illustrations of Osric, his owl family and his exotic and fine-feathered friends are among the last pictures made by Pauline prior to her death in 2008 and have, at last, been brought to book in this splendid edition created by the talented contemporary Tolkien artist, Jay Johnstone. The book has a foreword by Wayne G Hammond, Tolkien scholar and  Chapin Librarian at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA,  which houses within its collection an extensive bequest of illustrative art by Pauline Baynes.

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