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Tobias Druitt is an author of fantasy novels. Tobias Druitt is the pseudonym of two authors who write together, Diane Purkiss and Michael Dowling. [1]

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Diane Purkiss is Fellow and Tutor of English at Keble College, Oxford. She specialises in Renaissance and women's literature, witchcraft and the English Civil War.

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Michael Dowling is Diane Purkiss' son. He is one of the subjects of the ongoing Channel 4 documentary series, Child Genius . [2]

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Corydon and the Island of Monsters is the first instalment of the Corydon Trilogy, penned by Tobias Druitt; a pseudonym for a mother-son writing combination. It was published in the United Kingdom by Simon & Schuster in 2005, and in the United States by A. A. Knopf in 2006, and distributed by Random House. According to WorldCat, almost 500 libraries have copies of the book. It appears on numerous library and school reading lists.


  1. BBC Oxford Write On! For Children in Need, 8 November 2005 BBC - Oxford - Features - The Authors Retrieved 3 May 2009
  2. Daily Telegraph 10 February 2007; Sunday Times 17 December 2006 Retrieved 3 May 2009

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