C S Lewis A Life Paperback

Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

by Alister McGrath

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Now available in paperback this definitive biography on C.S Lewis has been researched by author & fan Alister McGrath

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C S Lewis A Life

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  • Want to learn more of the man who brought Narnia to life?
  • This effusive biography explores the life and faith of C.S.Lewis
  • You'll find out more of what made C.S.Lewis the storyteller he is

‘C S Lewis A Life’ is a comprehensive look at the man behind the fountain pen – C.S. Lewis.

Life-long fan, Alister McGrath seeks to write a book which shines a light into the shadows. The result is an articulate, deeply researched and unsentimental portrait of the Christian scholar, theologian and author. Inside readers will discover his:
•    Unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore
•    Misunderstood relationship with his father
•    Curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty
•    Pre-conversion state and his eventually conversion to Christianity
•    Comprehensive study into his scholarly studies and the creation of his Narnia tales

McGrath’s finely tuned nose for historical study has sniffed out several new sources which shed more light on Lewis. Readers will discover the heart of a legend we’ve previously known little about, perhaps at time be shocked, enlightened and enthralled by this fascinating biography.

About the Author

Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King`s College London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion.

C S Lewis A Life by Alister McGrath was published by Hodder and Stoughton in October 2013 and is our 13727th best seller. The ISBN for C S Lewis A Life is 9781444745542.

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Definitive new biography of C. S. Lewis, author of the ever-popular Narnia books

The recent Narnia films have inspired a resurgence of interest in C. S. Lewis, the Oxford academic, popular theologian and, most famously, creator of the magical world of Narnia - and this authoritative new biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, sets out to introduce him to a new generation. Completely up to date with scholarly studies of Lewis, it also focuses on how Lewis came to write the Narnia books, and why they have proved so consistently engaging.

Accessible and engaging, this new biography will appeal to fans of the films, readers of Lewis and of theologian and apologist Alister McGrath himself.
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Chapter 1: The Soft Hills of Down – An Irish Childhood
Chapter 2: The Ugly Country of England – Schooldays
Chapter 3: The Vasty Fields of France – War

Chapter 4: Decptions and Discovers – The Making of an Oxford Don
Chapter 5: Fellowship, Family, and Friendship – The Early Years at Magdalen College
Chapter 6: The Most Reluctant Convert – The Making of a Mere Christian
Chapter 7: A Man of Letters – Literary Scholarship and Criticism
Chapter 8: National Acclaim – The Wartime Apologist
Chapter 9: International Fame – The Mere Christian
Chapter 10: A Prophet Without Honour? – Postwar Tension and Problems

Chapter 11: Rearranging Reality – The Creation of Narnia
Chapter 12: Narnia – Exploring an Imaginative World

Chapter 13: The Move to Cambridge – Magdelene College
Chapter 14: Bereavement, Illness, and Death – The Final Years


"McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography." - Publishers Weekly.

"Many of us thought we knew most of what there was to know about C. S. Lewis... This is a penetrating and illuminating study." — N. T. Wright.

"Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent... Lewis's impact on me was profound and lasting, and Dr McGrath clearly explains why so many believers and Christians leaders today would say the same thing." — Timothy Keller.

"McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!" — Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia.

"Alister McGrath sheds new light on the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book." — Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer.

"This biography is the one Lewis's admirers - especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed - should prefer to all others." — Booklist, starred review.

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Details for C S Lewis A Life

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder and Stoughton (October 2013)
Number of Pages448
Thickness29 mm
Height197 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4083355
Page last updated 25th March 2019
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