C. S. Lewis Paperback

A Biography of Friendships

by Colin Duriez;


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Become acquainted with one of the most brilliant academics of his day through his closest friends in this new biography

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C. S. Lewis

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‘C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship’ is a fascinating and insightful plunge into the life of a literary legend through the friends he keep closest.

Through collecting previously unpublished research, interviews and insider knowledge, Colin Duriez has compiled a sparkling biography of C.S. Lewis by studying his closest friends, family and the famous literary society, the Inklings. These key relationships helped to influence his academic thoughts, his personal beliefs and his world-renowned books. So what can we learn from these people?

•   What kind of impact did his life-long friend, Arthur Greeves, have on the legend?
•   How influential were J.R.R. Tolkien and the other members of the ‘Inklings’ on his career and life?
•   Why did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her until her death?
•   Why did he marry so late?
•   What about his alcoholic and gifted brother?

This wonderfully produced book offers a striking and tangible image of the Oxford professor, children’s author and out-spoken Christian. It’s a joy to read and an ideal gift to Lewis fanatics.

About the Author

Colin Duriez has appeared as a commentator on extended DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of ‘The Inklings Handbook’ (with the late David Porter), ‘J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship’, and ‘Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings’, and has contributed to definitive reference works, The Tolkien Encyclopedia and a number of other tomes relating to J.R.R. Tolkien.

C. S. Lewis by Colin Duriez was published by Lion Hudson in April 2013 and is our 14212th best seller. The ISBN for C. S. Lewis is 9780745955872.

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An Oxford student of C.S. Lewis’s said he found his new tutor interesting, and was told by J.R.R. Tolkien: “Interesting? Yes, he’s certainly that. You’ll never get to the bottom of him.”

You can learn a great deal about people by their friends and nowhere is this more true than in the case of C.S. Lewis, the remarkable academic, author, populariser of faith – and creator of Narnia. He lost his mother early in life, and became estranged from his father, much to his regret. Throughout his life, key relationships mattered deeply to him, from his early days in the north of Ireland and his schooldays in England, as still a teenager in the trenches of World War One, and then later in Oxford.

The friendships he cultivated throughout his life proved to be vital, influencing his thoughts, his beliefs and his writings. What did Arthur Greeves, a life-long friend from his adolescence, bring to him? How did J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the now famous Inklings, shape him? Why, in his early twenties, did he move in with a single mother twice his age, Janie Moore, and live with her for so many years until her death? And why did he choose to marry so late? What of the relationship with his alcoholic and gifted brother, who eventually joined his unusual household?

In this sparkling new biography, which draws on material not previously published, Colin Duriez brings C.S. Lewis and his friendships to life.

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

“Colin Duriez, the world’s leading expert on Lewis and Tolkien, takes a look at C.S. Lewis from a slightly different angle – through the eyes of his closest friends.”

“Read about Janie Moore, and why Clive moved in with his friend’s bereaved mother till she died. Here about the pub-going antics of the Inklings, how Lewis’ Oxford contemporaries downed pints of Cider and helped to shape his faith and literary skill. Learn about Lewis’ older brother, his life-long friend Arthur Greeves and all these others that influenced him over the years.”

“By reading ‘C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship’ you’ll discover, or perhaps re-discover, the brilliant imagination of the creator of Narnia, and the fascinating mind of a converted atheist.”

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Page last updated 22nd February 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (April 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Weight281g
Number of Pages256
Thickness20 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
ISBN9780745955872
ISBN-100745955878
Product Code4049498
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