Michael Coren, an expert on the life and writings of Lewis, presents an engrossing biography for young people and adults of the man "who created Narnia." Following in the wake of the first of several theatrical major feature flms from Lewiss "Chronicles of Narnia," this biography, lavishly illustrated with numerous photos from the whole life of Lewis, is written in a captivating way that it will appeal to all ages, yough and adults alike. Starting with "Beginnings," Coren tells of the fascinating details of the childhood and youth of Lewis, one that was, in Lewiss own words full of "long corridors, attics explored in solitude, sunlit rooms and endless books." It continues with his studies at Oxford, his subsequent celebrated teaching career at Oxford, his wonderful friendships with other great writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, G.K. Chesterton and George Sayer, his meeting and marriage with Joy Davidman, and how he dealt with the sorror of her death. The book especially focuses on how Lewis created his wonderful Narnia tales which became seven books that resulted in perhaps the most widely read set of childrens Christian allegories, The Chronicles of Narnia
Michael Coren is the bestselling author of twelve books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkein, and C.S. Lewis. He is the host of The Michael Coren Show, a nightly television talk show with an audience of 250,000 viewers. He also hosts a daily radio show and writes a syndicated column for ten daily newspapers.
Strong and moving narrative, this book is as exciting to look at as it is informative to read.
- Canadian Author Magazine
"Coren has written a book for all readers. He brings Lewis to life in a study which should send adults as well as children scurrying to bookshelves."
- London Free Press
"Impressive biographical work. It would be too much to ask a jury these days to short-list an unapologetic account of a dead white mans spiritual journey as a Christian."
- Globe and Mail
"An excellent biography, extremely impressive and well-written."
- The Arts Tonight, CBC
"A fascinating literary biography. Children of all ages will be rewarded if they explore this book. Coren writes at a challenging and grown-up enough level to create a kind of bridge for young readers to the stimulating world of adult biography."
- Arlene Pearly Rae, Toronto Star
"This luminous volume works because Coren makes Lewis believable and he writes clearly, evocatively and never condescendingly.
- John Fraser, Toronto Star
"Michael Corens work is a verbal and visual delight."
- Faith Today
"A fine biography written with the skill of a story-teller. Riveting in its insightful, well researched text, the author has imbued his narrative with a gentle intimacy while maintaining an objective look at one of the worlds most beloved authors. He is to be commended for bringing his skills as a biographer and as a superb story-teller to this subjet."
- Ottawa Citizen
"Serious and thoughtful. Immensely readable. On every page Coren evinces a profound respect for readers and for his subject. A first-rate biography for children."
- Kirkus Reviews