When I was a child I fell deeply in love with The Chronicles of Narnia. I read and re-read the books until they almost fell to pieces: I even wrote a book of stories set in that world, complete with a poster-paint picture of Aslan on the homemade dust jacket. But others took their place as I grew up, and for years they sat unopened on my shelves. Had the charm faded? What might they mean to me as an adult?
‘From Spare Oom to War Drobe’ is a love letter to that childhood passion, as well as a reappraisal of The Chronicles of Narnia in the light of maturity and changing tastes. It is a journey through Narnia, hand in hand with my nine year-old self, tracing our way through Lewis’s thick forest of allusions not only to Christianity but to Plato, fairy tales, myths, legends, medieval romances, renaissance poetry and to other children’s books. We mostly agree – but not always!