The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis by Colin Duriez

The A-Z Of CS Lewis

The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis – Book Review

Imagine what it would be like to read an encyclopedia devoted entirely to one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. What types of entries would such a volume contain? What fascinating facts would you learn about the person within? Would such a book hold the interest of the average reader or would its primary value be to those doing research on the individual the book was about?

Perhaps I can’t speak for the average reader, but if you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, if you enjoy reading reference books, or if you love learning little known facts and trivia about prominent people, then The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis by Colin Duriez  deserves a spot on your bookshelf!

The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis is aptly subtitled “an encyclopedia of his life, thought, and writings”. This book contains alphabetical entries and cross-references on anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about C.S. Lewis’s life if only you’d known to ask!

Most people are familiar with bits and pieces of C.S. Lewis’s life and writings. What you’ll be surprised to discover, however, as you peruse the pages of The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis, is the breadth and depth that his life actually spanned.

The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis isn’t the type of book most people will read from cover to cover. It’s the type of book that you are more likely to use as a reference or to skim until an entry catches your eye. Once you start reading the book, however, you’re likely to find yourself flipping from entry to entry and following the cross-references, as Colin has provided plenty of fascinating facts about C.S. Lewis to hold your interest each time you open the book!

It takes a lot of research and imagination to delve into all of the corners of a person’s life – to pull out the pertinent parts – and to piece them together in a logical yet compelling manner. Kudos to Colin for hitting a home run on all counts and providing us with an invaluable reference.

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death, The A – Z of C.S. Lewis by Colin Duriez is a great tribute to this influential man’s life.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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About Colin Duriez

Colin Duriez

Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).

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8 Responses to “The A – Z Of C.S. Lewis by Colin Duriez”

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  1. Tammy says:

    I absolutely adore CS Lewis so I love this. Thanks for the review!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I was interested in this post because my sister is a big C.S. Lewis fan. This post was so well-written and interesting in itself, that I am now intrigued by the book in addition to wanting to pass this along to my sister. Thank you!

    • Create With Joy
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      Thank you so much for stopping by, Elizabeth! I appreciate the complement and am glad you enjoyed the review.
      I hope you and your sisters enjoy the book and you’ll have a chance to check out some of our other reviews!

  3. I really like the writings C.S. Lewis did for adults such as ‘Mere Christianity’ and ‘The Screwtape Letters’, I think these are often outshone by the Narnia series – so it’s great to see a comprehensive reference book on his writings and his life!

    Thanks for linking up with Share the Love!

  4. Thanks so much for the review! I’m doing a C.S. Lewis Project this year, so this is another book that I can add to it!

  5. Jennine G. says:

    Sounds like a great resource at the least! I like comprehensive write-ups on favorite authors. The more details the better!

  6. Stopping by from Thurs Fav Hop. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. Very interesting post! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

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