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C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis, author of the famous Chronicles of Narnia books, was born on this day, 29th November, in 1898. A few days ago, on the 22nd November, it was the 50th anniversary of his death, 22nd November 1962 – the same day that J.F. Kennedy was assassinated.


C.S. Lewis was a writer and a university professor, teaching at first Oxford, and then Cambridge. As well as his famous Narnia stories for children, Lewis also wrote books for adults, about literature, religion and science fiction.


C.S. Lewis’s full name was Clive Staples Lewis, but to his family he was known as ‘Jack’. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was educated in both England and Northern Ireland, before studying at Oxford University. At the age of 19 he became a soldier in World War I, fighting inFrance.

C.S. Lewis wrote many of his more serious books first, writing The Chronicles of Narnia later in life. While teaching in oxford, one of his friends was J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings.


Having been brought up a Christian, C.S. Lewis became an atheist as a teenager, but returned to Christianity at the age of 33. Many of his books were based on religion, including The Chronicles of Narnia. He started writing the Narnia books in 1939 when three evacuees came to stay with him during World War II. The first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published in 1950, followed by six more books until The Last Battle was published in 1956.


C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia are still hugely popular today and have sold over 100 million copies and have been translated into more than 45 languages. So far, three of the books have been turned into major motion pictures, increasing their popularity yet further.

The movie of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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The movie of Prince Caspian
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The movie of THe Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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Here are a few of the objects in our collection which relate to the Chronicles of Narnia.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Inside the book of The Magician’s Nephew

Inside the book of Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

A marionette of a faun from the Lilliput Marionette Theatre. He might have been Mr Tumnus from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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Inside the book of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Another look inside the book of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

A Catalan translation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


So, have you read any of the Narnia books? Which was your favourite?

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