Where did Narnia come from?

The answer will change everything.

ONCE UPON A WARDROBE

From Patti Callahan, the bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, comes another enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis.

Megs Devonshire is brilliant with numbers and equations, on a scholarship at Oxford, and dreams of solving the greatest mysteries of physics.

She prefers the dependability of facts—except for one: the younger brother she loves with all her heart doesn’t have long to live. When George becomes captivated by a copy of a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from, there’s no way she can refuse.

Despite her timidity about approaching the famous author, Megs soon finds herself taking tea with the Oxford don and his own brother, imploring them for answers. What she receives instead are more stories . . . stories of Jack Lewis’s life, which she takes home to George.

Why won’t Mr. Lewis just tell her plainly what George wants to know? The answer will reveal to Megs many truths that science and math cannot, and the gift she thought she was giving to her brother—the story behind Narnia—turns out to be his gift to her, instead: hope.

INDUSTRY PRAISE

“I advise you to read this book, then wait for a while and then read it again, for while it may not be Narnia, there is magic in it.”

Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis' stepson

"Exquisitely heartfelt, Once Upon a Wardrobe is a love letter to the magic of stories..."

Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost and Lost Lake

“...a tale of heartache, hope, and discovery that will forever change the Narnia you thought you knew.”

Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.