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A Guide to the C. S. Lewis Tour in Oxford Paperback – April 28, 2006

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Ronald K. Brind has combined his own life-long interest with extensive research to produce a comprehensive guide of the Oxford area, taking in all the sites of significance in the story of C. S. Lewis. The guide can be used in isolation or as a companion publication to the C. S. Lewis Tours run by this author.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Janus Publishing Company (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857566262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857566260
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronald K Brind was born during 1945 in a property on Risinghurst Estate just a few hundred yards away from the Kilns and where a truly great man would permit me to fish and shoot in the so-called lake and woodland. The dead lake isn't much bigger than a pond really, with mosquitoes and horse flies that will eat you alive during the months June to September. I would shoot pigeons, squirrels, rabbits and pheasant in the woodland that most believe inspired Jack to write the Chronicles of Narnia. During the Winter months with the frost on the trees it's not hard to see where Narnia comes from, it's beautiful.
As that ten year old boy I would walk to the Kilns with my fishing rods and shotgun (licensed even at the age of ten costing ten shillings a year, the equivalent of fifty pence today) where C S Lewis (Jack) was often sat in the dining room near the window. I would knock on the window and politely ask "may I go fishing and shooting in the lake and woodland beyond please"? Jack never refused me and replied with a really commanding voice barking through the window saying "Go on then, off you go" at the same time as a flick of the back of his hand, almost a case of go on then don't bother me!
I met step-sons Douglas and David Gresham a couple of years later and we had the run of the house and the Kilns for five years or more, including the attic (loft space) where I can tell you that there was no wardrobe!
I wrote the paperback first simply because of my immense knowledge of Lewis, the family members and the layout of the Kilns; meaning the whole nine acres not just the house which is wrongly known the world over as the Kilns! Looking back the paperback was not my finest hour, but it has been updated and totally surpassed by my ebook of which there is nothing else like it available. Visitors to Oxford have routes to follow, maps, pictures, links, what to see, how to get there, camera use, likely entry restrictions, contacts, telephone numbers, anecdotes that will make you smile and confirmation if it were needed that Jack was just a very ordinary man.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Van Hoy Daniel David on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've had the privilege of reading Ron's book and taking his tour of C.S. Lewis sites. Before I went to Oxford I wondered how I was going to locate Lewis' home, church and other significant places. I was delighted to find that Ron has done all the homework for me based on his lifetime of living and working in Oxford and personal experiences as a childhood friend of Douglas Gresham. Everything you need to locate the things you want to see most is in this book.

One great thing is that Ron adds many personal insights and observations as well as his passion to get C.S. Lewis' home open for visitors on a regular basis. The book is more than just a guide, it, reflects his personal crusade to restore C.S. Lewis sites as they were during Lewis' time and to open up relevant sites to visitors on a regular basis.

While this book is clearly not intended to be a scholarly work, I hope that a future edition will include an index as well as references for the sources used. That will make it significantly more useful and enduring a contribution to the whole of works related to Lewis'..

Even if you never have a chance to visit Oxford you will benefit from both the information and the inspiration Ron Bring brings to the life and work of C.S. in "A Guide to the C. S. Lewis Tour in Oxford"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurey Ahonen on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
My son and I recently spent the better part of a day in Oxford taking Mr. Brind's tour. It was personal and kind and quite informational giving us a glimpse inside the city of Oxford but especially a peek at the lives of "Jack and Warnie" Lewis, his neighbors through his growing up years.We came away from the tour feeling we had experienced the very human side of a great man. The book is written in such a way that you really could take the tour on your own and get a feel for the life of C.S. Lewis. The pictures and directions are quite helpful. But if I were you, I'd read the book first to get the lay of the land and still take Mr. Brind's tour as he is a treat himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Sinclair on February 1, 2006
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I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Brind when taking the C.S. Lewis Tour in the winter of 2005. I wish I had had his book then! To have read this fabulous book before my trip would have added to the enjoyment. Ron is knowledgeable about his subject and considerate about how he presents his material. I feel I could rent a car and take the trip myself without any apprehension about getting lost. Add to this the personal touches of his childhood memories about C.S. Lewis and you have a unique guide book to accompany you on your journey. Honestly, when you have done with reading `A Guide to the C.S. Lewis Tour in Oxford' you might have trouble remembering if the bits you recall were something you read or if you had actually been there! Read the book and treat yourself to the tour; you will be touched by the passion Ron Brind brings to the memory of C.S. Lewis, as well as his ambitious desire to preserve the material legacy Lewis left behind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. K. Joyce on March 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Myself and my partner, Kerry, visited Oxford to soak up the surroundings and to research our production of the play, "Shadowlands" by William Nicholson, based on the story of CS Lewis and Joy Davidman. On arriving, we did not know where to start until we found a copy of Ronald K Brind's wonderful book. It really was like finding treasure as it is totally unlike any other book written about Lewis, of which we have read many. All of them are fascinating, but this one is truly personal. Mr Brind manages to convey a true sense of what the lives of these extraordinary people were truly like drawing on his first hand experience and providing us with such unique nuggets of information that can only be communicated by someone who was actually there.

In addition to this, Mr Brind's passion for ensuring that Lewis' legacy is more evident in his home city, nationally and internationally shines through every word.

The tour itself is quite indescribably inspiring and moving. We self navigated the route over the course of a couple of days and cannot really put into words what an amazing experience it was. The words and photographs provided are extremely clear and made the tour easy to follow, including so many places of interest that, by the time we had finished, we felt that we had really got to know "Jack" and Joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela McCunn on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading the many literary works of author C.S. Lewis, both fiction and nonfiction, and after experiencing the magic of Narnia, you can't help but want to know more about the man, Jack Lewis. Author Ronald Brind kindly gives us that opportunity in this new book "A Guide to the C.S. Lewis Tour of Oxford". The author provides detailed information on how to physically locate important C.S. Lewis sites (his home, the Kilns, his gravesite, schools,frequented pubs, churches, etc.) and at the same time shares firsthand personal information about the author giving us small glimpses of Lewis' everyday life. So, whether you are going to self tour in Oxford, take the author's guided tour or do an armchair tour from the comfort of your sofa, you will enjoy this book. The checklists at the end would be particularly handy while doing a self tour. The only thing that would have been a nice addition would be hand drawn maps.
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