This is the true story of CS Lewis - one of the greatest writers of the 20th century - whose books for children and adults have become much-loved classics. Part of the story of CS Lewis has been made famous through the movie 'Shadowlands'. Here this fascinating man's entire life story is told by those who knew him personally.
CS Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898 and was sent, with his elder brother, Warren, to England for a public school education. Lewis exhibited a genius for imagination and perception from his earliest years. Brought up in a Christian household, Lewis lost his faith in his teenage years but was to regain it, with reluctance, as a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. His faith subsequently influenced his writings.
He became a vigorous champion of the Christian faith through classics such as 'Mere Christianity' and through his BBC broadcasts. His Chronicles of Narnia became children's classics and he was deluged with correspondence from his young readers.
In his latter years he unexpectedly fell deeply in love with, and married, a divorced American, Joy Greshem, only to suffer the devastation of her death a few years later. CS Lewis died in 1963 at his home in Oxford.
During his lifetime CS Lewis suggested to his friend, Roger Lancelyn Green, who was a fellow English scholar, that he would undertake his biography one day. After Lewis's death in 1963 Lancelyn Green and Waiter Hooper were approached by several of Lewis's friends to write the biography. The authors had at their disposal a vast collection of letters and diaries, as well as the recollections of many surviving family members and friends.
Waiter Hooper has now enhanced the original text with additional material to provide a new expanded edition which all CS Lewis fans will be keen to own.