Illustrated by Pauline Baynes
The magical land of Narnia is a world like no other. With talking animals, mythical creatures, the evil White Witch and the mighty lion Aslan, Lewis's magnificent fantasy series has captivated children for generations. Now reissued in a striking new binding.
The magical land of Narnia is a world like no other. With talking animals, mythical creatures, the evil White Witch and the mighty lion Aslan, Lewis's magnificent fantasy series has captivated children for generations.
Peter, Lucy, Susan and Edmund Pevensie are wartime evacuees, sent from London to the rambling country home of an eccentric professor. As they explore the house, Lucy pushes through the fur coats in an old wardrobe, and finds herself in a wondrous, magical world. In Narnia animals talk and mythical creatures abound, but the land is shrouded in perpetual winter and Christmas never comes... This is the work of the White Witch and her minions - wraiths, wolves, black dwarves and evil apes, and Mr Tumnus the faun, whose loyalties change when he meets his first human.
Lucy's discovery opens the door to spellbinding adventures, filled with a dazzling array of characters - from Aslan the gentle but powerful lion, to Reepicheep the talking mouse. The stories are rich with with references to Roman, Greek, Irish and Turkish mythology, reflecting Lewis's vast learning, and his fascination with ancient tales and their tropes. Through the interweaving of all these elements he imagined and brought to life a universe like no other.
'The most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author'
This newly reissued edition of C. S. Lewis's magnificent fantasy series features new gold-blocked bindings. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has sold more than 100 million copies since it was first published in 1950. The final title in the series won the sought-after Carnegie Medal. Inspiring numerous film and stage adaptations, and often ranked among the best books for children ever written, the popularity of Narnia shows no signs of waning.
'Generations of children can now testify to the irresistible readability of the Narnia stories'
Pauline Baynes had already worked with J. R. R. Tolkien when C. S. Lewis asked her to illustrate The Chronicles of Narnia . She eventually created more than 350 line drawings, among them the iconic image of Lucy and Mr Tumnus walking through the snow - the imagined scene that inspired Lewis to begin writing the Chronicles. Baynes once wrote to Lewis asking him how to draw a Marsh-wiggle. He replied: 'Draw him however you like'. And who can now imagine a Marsh-wiggle differently?
'The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades'
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Review by joutsen on 5th Feb 2013
"Yet another delightful edition from Folio, each Chronicle is presented in a separate book, with very nice blocking on the cover and sturdily bound. The type and text layout is clear and comfortable to..." [read more]
Review by firstname.lastname@example.org on 18th Dec 2012
"I received these books with great delight - not only were they aesthetically pleasing, but the stories themselves have captivated me all over again. A real treat from start to finish, these books woul..." [read more]