C S Lewis A New Life Hardback

The Story of the Man Who Created Narnia

by Alister McGrath;

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C S Lewis A New Life

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‘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.

C S Lewis A New Life by Alister McGrath was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2012 and is our 23537th best seller. The ISBN for C S Lewis A New Life is 9781444745528.

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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

Chapter 15: The Lewis Phenomenon

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“Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other materials that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study.” — Tom Wright, author of ‘Simply Christian’ & ‘New Testament For Everyone’

“Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable.” — Timothy Keller, author of ‘The Reason for God’ & ‘Every God Endeavour’

“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’
“McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography… He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt.” — Publishers Weekly

“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

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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’.


Details for C S Lewis A New Life

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHodder and Stoughton (April 2012)
Number of Pages448
Thickness239 mm
Height38 mm
Width162 mm
Product Code4034416
Page last updated 4th February 2018
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