Once Upon a Wardrobe (Hardcover)

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At this most wonderful time of the year, who doesn't just want to walk through that wardrobe into the world of Narnia and experience all the wonder!

 

A young boy who is seriously ill is questioning where this wonderful story came from. He asks his older college age sister, who attends Oxford University where the author teaches, to talk to Mr C.S. Lewis and to find out "how he created Narnia."

 

In heart wrenching snippets, she meets with Mr. Lewis and conveys a gradual picture to her little brother: one of C.S. Lewis' past and how his own history led to led to the present story that we all know and love! Once again, Patti Callahan's beautiful heartfelt writing wins our respect! A love letter to the magic of stories.

— Laurie

November 2021 Indie Next List


“About the transformative power of books, with touches of fairy tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe is for everyone who ever loved The Chronicles of Narnia and wants to make a return trip back into C.S. Lewis’ world.”
— Taylor Owens, Wilson Book Gallery, Wilson, WY

Description


When college student Megs approaches author C. S. Lewis with her younger brother's request to find out if Narnia is real, he instead takes her on a magical journey through the moments in his life that led to his greatest creation.

Megs Devonshire, on a scholarship at Oxford, is brilliant with numbers and equations. She prefers the dependability of facts--except for one: the brother she loves with all her heart doesn't have long to live. When George becomes captivated by a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from, there's no way she can refuse.

Despite her timidity about approaching the famous author, who is a professor at her school, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with the Oxford don and his own brother, begging them for answers. What she receives instead are stories . . . little-known tales from different periods in Mr. Lewis's life, which she takes home to George.

Why won't Mr. Lewis just tell her plainly what George wants to know? The answer will reveal to Meg many truths that science and math cannot, and the gift she thought she was giving to her brother--the story behind Narnia--turns out to be his gift to her, instead: hope.

Praise for Once Upon a Wardrobe:

"I advise you to read this book, then wait for a while and then read it again, for while it may not be Narnia, there is magic in it." --Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis's stepson

"With a touch of fairy-tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe will take you behind the legend and deep into the English and Irish countryside, where you'll encounter not only the inspirations for one of the 20th century's most beloved works, but also a tale of heartache, hope, and discovery that will forever change the Narnia you thought you knew." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author

  • A marvelous blend of little-known true stories from C. S. Lewis's life that Narnia fans will treasure
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs as well as a note from Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis's stepson
  • Also by New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan: Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah
Product Details
ISBN: 9780785251729
ISBN-10: 0785251723
Publisher: Harper Muse
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English