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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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27/10/2011

Publisher writes

A stunning new edition of this timeless classic. This is the best loved of all the Chronicles of Narnia - the first one ever written, and the one everybody remembers reading as a child. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago.Since then, the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been captured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, dwarfs, giants and fauns, but now frozen into eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Christian Birmingham's beautiful illustrations , accompanied by a sensitively abridged text, introduce this wonderful story to a younger audience.

Author Information

C.S. Lewis, (Illustrated by Christian Birmingham)

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.

Judges' and contributors' comments

John Pridmore: As Lewis insisted, the Narnia stories are not allegorical. Rather they reflect the truth at the heart of things, ‘the deeper magic from before the dawn of time’ that sacrificial love atones, by whatever name we give to those who love like that.

John Kiddle: My copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis has a price tag of 3 shillings; it is a book that, more than any other, shaped my childhood faith. It drew me, with Lucy and the other children, through the wardrobe into a world not of make believe but of faith. I found stories and symbols that helped me understand the death and resurrection of Jesus; I discovered in the deeper magic of Narnia truth that began to make sense of life.

Nicholas Orme: I saw The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe acted last Christmas, and it reduced me to tears.

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