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A Grief Observed
When C. S. Lewis married Joy Davidman, an American divorcee with children, there was much surprised comment. They had a few short years of happiness in which time Joy was diagnosed with bone cancer, experienced a powerful healing sufficient to walk again, and a few years later relapsed and died. This account is Lewis's catharsis - in writing his grief out he also came to terms with it. The account is pain, harrowing pain, and utterly real. This book is s...
All My Road Before Me : The Diary of C.S. Lewis, 1922-1927
The early Lewis still gaining the second of his three(!) first class degrees at Oxford, hoping to become a don. In some ways a very candid insight into his pre-Christian formative years. Interesting asides on John Betjeman, one of his early pupils. Also a disturbing account of 'the Doc', a family friend, who goes mad before dying. Some humour, some philosophy, and surprisingly active social life....
George MacDonald: An Anthology
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a preacher, novelist, poet, and teacher. His children's books (eg, The Princess and the Goblin) are still popular, but his other works are less well known. Prof. C. S. Lewis, one of the great scholars of English literature, was much influenced by MacDonald, and referred to him as 'my master'. In this fascinating anthology with bibliography he extracts a daily meditation from the whole range of MacDonald's works, but parti...
Letters
A revised edition of the original 1966 ed. with introductions by Walter Hooper and Warren Lewis. Covering 1916-1963 (the year of his death) this book sheds much valuable light on the life and works of CS Lewis. It is also an interesting source of comment-in-passing on many works of literature, friends of Lewis, moral issues, and the great, rich themes which fill his other works. It contains correspondence with American friends (to whom the book is dedica...

Lewis booklist

Out of the Silent Planet - Space Trilogy 1
A truly genius work which sees the main character, given the pseudonym Dr. Ransom, introduced as a personal friend of the narrator. The events were told as if they were true events being relayed by the narrator. The character, a brilliant philologist, is kidnapped by two scientists. They travel to Mars, where most of the book takes place. The book chronicles the travels of Ransom around the alien planet, after escaping his captors and running arou...
Perelandra - Space Trilogy 2
Dr Ransom is called to Venus by the Oyarsa from Mars. At first he doesn't know why he has been called to the planet and is content to explore the planet, that is until he meets up with Venus's version of Eve. Weston, an evil scientist from Earth, shows up and invites an evil prescence into his body, making him an "un-man" as Ransom describes him. The un-man procedes to tempt the eve and it is up to Ransom to stop Weston from causing a fall on Venus. ...
Prince Caspian - Chronicles of Narnia 4
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are on a train station when they find themselves drawn back to the land of Narnia that they had ruled as Kings and Queens previously. But the Narnia now is one very different from the one they left. Another tyrant is ruling and the dwarves, animals and trees have all been banished and a state of civil war has been declared. Young Prince Caspian is desperately trying to regain the throne and bring Narnia back to its former...
Surprised by Joy
A famous Christian writer and scholar charts his upbringing from a boy from Belfast, Northern Ireland to his rise to fame as an Oxford don. He finally gave up atheism and became a Christian around the age of thirty. His experiences as a boy who loses his mother at an early age, difficulties in school in England, and his early brilliant career at Oxford are covered with an exceptional combination of both objectivity and subjective insight. The theme, whic...
That Hideous Strength - Space Trilogy 3
Lewis crafts an amazing story of the evil organization, N.I.C.E. and their plot to find Merlin and use him to further their plans to control the country (U.K.) with a mix of magic and science. The resistance, led by Dr. Ransom, find Merlin first and discover his actual inclinations. A young woman and her husband are divided by the two organizations and the plot follows both of them by turns, as Jane discovers her visionary talents and finds the Truth, an...
The Great Divorce
The Great Divorce is the story of a man's dream-journey from Hell to Heaven. He finds himself in the Grey Town or Hell and takes a bus along with some quarrelsome people to the outskirts of heaven. Here the people from Hell seem like ghosts compared to the true reality of Heaven. Some Solids (saved or redeemed people) meet the ghosts and try to convince them of the Truth, though all but one choose to return rather than give up something that holds them b...

C.S. Lewis list of books

The Horse and His Boy - Chronicles of Narnia 3
This book is about a boy who runs away with a talking horse, they join a girl running away with her horse as well. During the book they uncover a plot to take over the free land that they wish to stay and live in freedom. ...
The Last Battle - Chronicles of Narnia 7
The last Prince of Narnia and his aid, a unicorn, must fight to save the land from an invasion of Calormenes. They were invited to help an ape, Shift, rule Narnia through a false Aslan. The prince is aided by Eustace and Jill, along with some of the loyal Narnian animals. This story tells of the destruction of Narnia and how Aslan brings all that was good in Narnia to his country. ...
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Chronicles of Narnia 2
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to the Professor's house because of the air raids in Canada. While they are there, they get bored and decide to explore around the huge house. In one of the rooms it is empty except for a wardrobe. Lucy decides to go in the wardrobe and instead of finding the back of it, she finds Narnia. When she gets out of the forest, she sees a lamppost and a Faun named Mr. Tumnus. The Faun takes her to his house where he...
The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia 1
A boy's uncle finds rings that allow him to move to other worlds. He, and a girl who is his friend, go to another world and find an evil dictator with magical powers. They attempt to escape the world, but they cannot get away from her. They go to another world, which they thought was hers, where they meet an important character, Aslan. Aslan is a very important character, the only one who is actually present throughout the entire series of books. He...
The Pilgrim's Regress
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The Silver Chair - Chronicles of Narnia 6
Two children, Eustace and Jill, are picked to save the prince's life from the evil witch. They are sent to Narnia, the magical place out of this world, by Aslan, the king of all Narnia. Aslan sends them there so that they would travel to the other side of Narnia into the witch's palace and defeat her, so they can have the prince back. Eustace and Jill overcome huge obstacles, but in the end make it to the palace. When they reach the palace, the witch is...

C.S. Lewis novels

The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
It starts out with a young boy named Eustace Scrubb. He has four cousins who he doesn't like. They are Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy and Edmund are coming to his house for a visit. Then when Lucy and Edmund get there, they go to their room, which has a picture of a Narnian ship. They really like this picture, for it looked like it was real. Then suddenly, the picture swallows Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace in to the ship. They are rescued in sea by Luc...
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Chronicles of Narnia 5
Edmund and Lucy are dreading spending the summer with their cousin Eustance Stubbs, that is until the three of them are pulled back into the world of Narnia and are invited to join in the Quest of King Caspian to undertake a sea voyage on the ship the Dawn Treader to find his seven lost friends. Eustance is a real pain in the neck until an incident with a dragon and the great Aslan helps him to grow up a little....
Till We Have Faces
Orual, the ugly Queen of Glome and our narrator, writes this book as a complaint about "the gods." The story is set in the imaginary county of Glome, on the outskirts of the Hellenistic world and Greek culture, about 200 years before the birth of Christ. After his wifes deather, The King of Glome wants a male heir and quickly remarries. But his new wife dies during the birth of a baby girl, Psyche. This child is unbelievably beautiful. The ugly O...


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