By A N Wilson

Fabulous. Agnostic. Prejudiced. Gregarious. Bullying. dependable good friend. Heavy drinker. essentially the most realized students of his iteration. A debatable Christian apologist. writer of a kid's delusion that has bought thousands upon hundreds of thousands of copies. And, after his demise, virtually a cult determine. C. S. Lewis used to be an extremely complex guy, and, as published during this superb biography, a secret to those that knew him most sensible. "I be aware of of no smooth biographer who equals Wilson's delicacy of contact and sensitivity to human quandaries. An outstanding book."―Leon Edel "The combination provided in Wilson's biography of the lifetime of learning...of family drama and undesirable mood, faith, and intercourse, is irresistible."―New York evaluation of Books eight pages of black and white illustrations

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S. Eliot, Dorothy L. Sayers, Charles Williams, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren. The library has also recently acquired the papers of that veteran journalist and cynic Malcolm Muggeridge, and here the faithful may see Muggeridge’s portable typewriter kept, like the body of Lenin, in a glass case. A portrait of C. S. Lewis, painted by T. M. Williams, smiles down on the reading room. It has the same glowing unreality as pious paintings of Thérèse of Lisieux or the Sacred Heart, adorning convent walls in days now gone.

Rarely has a Jacob served more arduously for his Rachel than did Albert,’ Warren Lewis was to write about his parents’ courtship. ’ Perhaps one reason why the Reverend Thomas Hamilton had doubts about Albert Lewis was that he was only just a gentleman. ‘His grandfather’, C. S. 1 What we do not learn from Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis’s spiritual autobiography, is that grandfather Lewis, like grandfather Hamilton, was a fluent writer. Richard Lewis was not just an engineer or a businessman. When he was working for the Cork Steamship Company he spent his evenings reading papers to the men on such subjects as ‘A Special Providence’ and ‘On Jonah’s Mission to Nineveh’ and ‘Whether man will or no’.

But at that point the stranger opposite, who had not spoken one word during the entire journey, leaned forward and censoriously tapped a sign on the window which read NO SMOKING. For C. S. Lewis, this ‘wheeze’ of his father’s always enshrined in some insane way a truth about Northern Ireland and what it was like to live there. Perhaps it was his ability to recite such stories which meant that Albert Lewis would never be a politician. He was a strange combination of rhetorical comedy and inner piety and emotionalism.

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