Lenten Lands: My Childhood With Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis - the brilliant writer, the academic, the Christian - is known worldwide for his contribution to thought and to literature. But the man himself has never been more fully revealed than in this memoir by his stepson. Douglas Gresham's mother, Joy Davidman, was to become the wife of C.S. Lewis. Here we learn the moving story of their relationship, seen through the child's eyes. With the growing boy we gain fresh insights into life at The Kilns, the Oxfordshire home which C.S. Lewis shared with his brother Warnie and his newly acquired family. Douglas records the ways and talks of the famous stepfather for whom he felt respect and ever increasing affection; he tells of the love which united "Jack" and his beloved mother, but tragedy was close at hand, for Joy was dying, and soon the boys, bereft of their mother, were to lose their new father as well. Here, movingly told, is the story of C.S. Lewis the husband and father - and of the young Douglas himslf, as he stepped out of the shadows of his parents' death and into maturity and happiness.

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There has probably not been a less likely couple: she, an American divorcee and the mother of two young boys; he, an Oxford don and confirmed bachelor who inhabited an eccentric household with his brother, a retired Royal Army major. Yet the relationship of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, as told here by her son Douglas Gresham, was destined to become one of the most deeply moving love stories of the twentieth century.

About the Author:

Douglas Gresham is the son of Joy Davidman, who later married C.S. Lewis. As a boy, Gresham lived at "The Kilns," the Oxfordshire home Lewis shared with his brother Warnie, and then Davidman. After many years in Tasmania, Australia, he now lives in County Carlow, Ireland.

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