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A Guide to the C. S. Lewis Tour in Oxford Paperback – April 28, 2006
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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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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"
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.Read more ›
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Mr. Brind's book is not only extremely helpful in deciding what and how to see the places you would like to see when you come to Oxford; but it also provides a real life glimpse... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Daughter of Eve
I visited Oxford a couple of months ago and I must say that I am glad I had bought this book. I wanted to see some of the most important places in the life of CS Lewis, but that is... Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by F. Jonathan
Before visiting Oxford recently to tour The Kilns, C.S. Lewis' church, The Eagle & Child and a few Tolkein sites, I got this book in hopes that it would help me plan & find... Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Philip Thwing
I thoroughly enjoyed Ron Brind's book on C.S. Lewis and his life in Oxford. It made you feel like you were right there with him as you traveled through Oxford by way of his book. Read morePublished on July 28, 2008 by Todd E.
The expertise and knowledge of the author, who (as is explained on the back cover) was a childhood friend of one of Lewis's stepsons, is evident throughout this highly informative... Read morePublished on July 29, 2006 by Matt Shafer
A few years ago, my husband and I had the great good fortune of being the sole customers of Ron Brind's C.S Lewis tour of Oxford. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Lynn M. Hogarth
This book is great reading for anyone who is a fan of C.S. Lewis. The locations, pictures and personal anecdotes really make this an informative book, and Ron's conversational tone... Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by Amazon Customer
An extremely well told, but relaxed, account, related as though the author is in the same room as the reader. Read morePublished on April 25, 2006 by John Boy