This intimate portait of bereavement and death recalls the author’s experiences of the loss of his wife, as well as his evolving belief in God and his acceptance of a new life.
The perennial classic: this intimate journal chronicling the Narnia author’s experience of grief after his wife’s death has consoled readers for half a century with its ‘sensitive and eloquent’ magic (Hilary Mantel)
‘An intimate, anguished account of a man grappling with the mysteries of faith and love … Elegant and raw … A powerful record of thought and emotion experienced in real time.’ Guardian
‘Raw and modern … This unsentimental, even bracing, account of one man’s dialogue with despair becomes both compelling and consoling … A contemporary classic.’ Observer
‘A source of great consolation … Lewis deploys his genius for vivid imagery … It is a relief for the reader to find that he or she is not alone in the intense loneliness or feelings of anguish that bereavement brings.’ Henry Marsh, The Times
‘Testimony from a sensitive and eloquent witness [on] ‘The Human Condition’. It offers an interrogation of experience and a glimmer of hardwon hope. It allows one bewildered mind to reach out to another. Death is no barrier to that.’ Hilary Mantel
‘Here, sorrow and despair, the tiredness and numbness and petulance and nightmarishness of grief, all have their full, uncontrolled, experienced force … [Such] radical openness … Brilliant.’ Francis Spufford
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
Narnia author C.S. Lewis had been married to his wife for four blissful years. When she died of cancer, he found himself alone, inconsolable in his grief. In this intimate journal, he chronicles the aftermath of the bereavement and mourning with blazing honesty. He grapples with a crisis of religious faith, navigating hope, rage, despair, and love – but eventually regains his bearings, finding his way back to life.
A luminous modern classic, A Grief Observed has offered solace to countless readers for decades. This companion edition combines the original text with personal responses from Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Francis Spufford, Maureen Freely, Kate Saunders, Jessica Martin and Jenna Bailey.
What readers are saying:
‘A truly great book – inspirational and untold help.’
‘Every human being, living or dead, understands what Lewis means … One of the most valuable books ever written.’
‘Lewis, as always, sits down next to you and validates your grief like a true friend. He lets you rage, and cry, and even be furious with God, just as he did.’
‘If you are grieving an enormous loss, you may find comfort here … A great mind and wonderful writer who understands your grief well enough to put words to it.’
‘His journal was also my journal as I worked through my own grief. Reading this book was actually comforting in that I knew that someone else understood my situation and offered insight and hope … I highly recommend this book for anyone who has gone through the death of a loved one or who wants to comfort.”
‘This little book has had me in floods of tears [and] shows a real understanding of grief … To read the words of this great man who shared and understood my pain and is a life affirming and faith affirming experience.’