The Lion’s World: A Journey Into the Heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams (pub. 2012) began as his annual Holy Week Lectures at Canterbury Cathedral. They were delivered in 2011 and I delighted, at the time, in listening to all three. His annual “Holy Week” lectures were a real treat.
There was so much about these lectures that I valued, in all three cases I listened more than once to each lecture. Now, in an expanded form, they’ve been published under the title noted above – a small format (cf. Williams’ Writing in the Dust), very readable book, published as a hardcover (+ Kindle edition) in the USA (OUP) and a paperback in the UK (SPCK).
The Englewood Review of Books recently reviewed the US edition. Here’s the closing paragraph of the review.
“…Rowan Williams does an amazing job of exploring the depths of Narnia and unpacking the story the Lewis uses us to teach children and adults about the Christian story. In his conclusion, Williams rightly surmises, “The reader is brought to Narnia for a little in order to know Aslan better in this world” (144). There is so much more that could be said about this book, but if you love Narnia and want to explore the depths even more, I would highly encourage you to read this book. Although at times Williams speaks on an academic level about Narnia, the message of Rowan Williams’ The Lion’s World is clear and will benefit anyone who loves the Chronicles of Narnia. After reading The Lion’s World, I want to go and experience the world of Narnia all over again.”
You can read the full review here.
I add my own recommendation to that of the reviewer; it’s a deep yet wonderfully readable engagement with Lewis and Narnia.