Welcome to Planet Narnia!

Michael Ward HeadshotThis website gives you information and news about my book Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008). 

See what the critics and bloggers are saying about it.

It was the subject of a BBC television documentary called The Narnia Code  broadcast on BBC1 in 2009 (view the trailer on YouTube).  See what the TV reviewers are saying about it.  A book called The Narnia Code (a shorter, simpler version of Planet Narnia) is also now available.

The award-winning Planet Narnia and The Narnia Code argue that Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles of Narnia out of the imagery associated with the seven heavens of the medieval cosmos. 

But is it really possible that Lewis could have invented and kept such a secret?   Why would he have been so interested in medieval cosmology?  What are the seven heavens?  How come nobody has noticed this secret before?  Does this hidden theme matter?  How does it relate to Lewis's Christian beliefs?

Here you will find answers to these and many other frequently asked questions.  I hope they will inspire you to read the Narnia Chronicles and Planet Narnia itself, if you haven't already done so.  

Do let me know what you think of the book by posting your own review on the page of readers' comments. 

If you have any questions about either Planet Narnia or The Narnia Code, please be in contact.

Listen to a podcast interview with me about Lewis, Narnia and the seven heavens.  Or become a friend on Facebook.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Ward 

Lewis On 'time''It's fun laying out all my books as a cathedral. Personally I'd make Miracles and the other "treatises" the cathedral school: my children's stories are the real side-chapels, each with its own little altar.' 

C.S. Lewis

 

"With 'Planet Narnia' Michael Ward has established himself not only as the foremost living Lewis scholar, but also as a brilliant writer."

'Times Literary Supplement'