Ronald K. Brind

C.S. Lewis in Oxford

A Guide for Visitors

Paperback Reviews – A Guide to the C S Lewis Tour in Oxford

Please note: The original paperback as referred to above is no longer available from the Publisher.

Read an updated, detailed and intensely personal account of C S Lewis’s life in my ebook titled ‘C S Lewis in Oxford: A Guide for Visitors’ available from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DVRJM58

Passion Meets Practicality - Book reviewed by Diana Sinclair (USA) 1 February 2006. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Brind when taking the C.S. Lewis Tour in the winter of 2005. I wish I had had his book then! To have read this fabulous book before my trip would have added to the enjoyment. Ron is knowledgeable about his subject and considerate about how he presents his material. I feel I could rent a car and take the trip myself without any apprehension about getting lost. Add to this the personal touches of his childhood memories about C.S. Lewis and you have a unique guide book to accompany you on your journey. Honestly, when you have done with reading ‘A Guide to the C.S. Lewis Tour in Oxford’ you might have trouble remembering if the bits you recall were something you read or if you had actually been there! Read the book and treat yourself to the tour; you will be touched by the passion Ron Brind brings to the memory of C.S. Lewis, as well as his ambitious desire to preserve the material legacy Lewis left behind.

An Inspirational Journey - 10 March 2006 Book reviewed by John-Paul McCrohon & Ms K K Joyce ‘Oxford Don’ (United Kingdom)- Myself and my partner, Kerry, visited Oxford to soak up the surroundings and to research our production of the play, “Shadowlands” by William Nicholson, based on the story of CS Lewis and Joy Davidman. On arriving, we did not know where to start until we found a copy of Ronald K Brinds wonderful book. It really was like finding treasure as it is totally unlike any other book written about Lewis, of which we have read many. All of them are fascinating, but this one is truly personal. Mr Brind manages to convey a true sense of what the lives of these extraordinary people were truly like drawing on his first-hand experience and providing us with such unique nuggets of information that can only be communicated by someone who was actually there. In addition to this, Mr Brinds passion for ensuring that Lewis’ legacy is more evident in his home city, nationally and internationally shines through every word. The tour itself is quite indescribably inspiring and moving. We self-navigated the route over the course of a couple of days and cannot really put into words what an amazing experience it was. The words and photographs provided are extremely clear and made the tour easy to follow, including so many places of interest that, by the time we had finished, we felt that we had really got to know “Jack” and Joy. Although it is difficult to pin-point just a few highlights as it is all so amazing, by visiting the hotel where it is very possible that the two initially met, Lewis’ house, Joy’s house, the crematorium at which is displayed Joy’s epitaph and the gravestone for Lewis and his brother “Warnie” were particularly awe inspiring moments in a tour which we will never forget, and will take every opportunity to tell other people about, not to mention visiting again ourselves. We also had the privilege of speaking to Mr Brind himself who was charming, kind, as passionate about his subject as his book had led us to believe, knowledgeable, and as grateful to us for expressing our delight in what he had written as we were to him for providing us this key into the lives of these very special people. This was very humbling, as we believe that what Mr Brind is doing for the memory of Lewis and those around him is truly remarkable. Although our production has now come to an end after a successful week of performances, our passion and interest in C S Lewis will remain undimmed, in large part due to Mr Ronald K Brind. We thoroughly recommend the book and the tour to all people of all ages. Even if you have not felt an interest in C S Lewis’s life before this, you are sure to feel differently having read the book and been on the tour, which could well open up a lifetime interest. Thank You Ronald – Thank You x

A Day Well Spent - Book reviewed by Laurey Ahonen (USA) 2 February 2006- My son and I recently spent the better part of a day in Oxford taking Mr Brinds tour. It was personal and kind and quite informational giving us a glimpse inside the city of Oxford but especially a peek at the lives of ‘Jack and Warnie’ Lewis, his neighbors through his growing up years.We came away from the tour feeling we had experienced the very human side of a great man. The book is written in such a way that you really could take the tour on your own and get a feel for the life of C S Lewis. The pictures and directions are quite helpful. But if I were you, I’d read the book first to get the lay of the land and still take MrBrind’s tour as he is a treat  himself.

Walk in the steps of C S Lewis, The Narnian - Book reviewed by Pamela McCunn (USA) 23 December 2005- After reading the many literary works of author C.S. Lewis, both fiction and non-fiction, and after experiencing the magic of Narnia, you can’t help but want to know more about the man, ‘Jack’ Lewis. Author Ronald Brind kindly gives us that opportunity in this new book ‘A Guide to the C S Lewis Tour of Oxford’. The author provides detailed information on how to physically locate important C.S. Lewis sites (his home, the Kilns, his gravesite, schools, frequented pubs, churches, etc.) and at the same time shares first hand personal information about the author giving us small glimpses of Lewis’ everyday life. So, whether you are going to self-tour in Oxford, take the author’s guided tour or do an armchair tour from the comfort of your sofa, you will enjoy this book. The checklists at the end would be particularly handy while doing a self-tour. The only thing that would have been a nice addition would be hand drawn maps. 

Tour Reviews: Michael Rankin-I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go on this tour on very short notice. Ron was very kind with his time and willingness to take me on the tour, on what was a very busy day for him. His insight into the life of C S Lewis was very informative and personal. His passion is obvious and you can’t help but be impressed by his determination to open up the sites with a link to Lewis, to anyone who is interested. I recommend this tour to anyone who has even the smallest interest in the life and works of C S Lewis. Ron, keep up the good work and thank you again for your kindness. 29 November 2006 – Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia.

Dr. T.P. Hanna- I would give my highest recommendation to anyone considering taking this tour. Whether you have simply seen the Chronicles of Narnia movie and want to learn a bit about the man behind the story, or have spent years absorbing the profound insights of Lewis’ many writings, you will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from this tour. Ronald Brind offered many personal insights into this man’s life, having been a personal friend of one of Lewis’ stepsons and spent time in Lewis’ home. This tour is a poignant tribute to a man that emerges through this tour as one whose life reflected his work in a deep and beautiful way. 10 May 2006 – Toronto, Canada.

J.T. Turner- Ron, I wanted to take a moment and compliment you on your excellent tour. For over 2 years now, I have been researching C S Lewis for an upcoming production that I wrote about his life. I can truly say that of all the reference materials I have used, I would rank your tour at the top! Seeing the locales of Lewis’ life, hearing your fascinating first-hand accounts of your encounters with him and the family, all helped to solidify my information and impressions of “Jack”. It is so apparent that you are not just giving a tour; you are manning a crusade to help preserve the life and legacy of a literary and Christian treasure. Ron, best wishes to you and your family. Thank you again your tour was the highlight of my trip to England. Regards JT. 27 April 2006 – Ipswich, MA. , USA.

Greg Atkins- As I settle back into my daily routine after my stay in London, I can say and have said with certainty that the C.S. Lewis tour was the absolute highlight of a stay in England. Ron Brind delivers his intimate tour with a passionate zeal. One can see that this man is dedicated to preserving and sharing the memory of one of England’s foremost (as well as forgotten) spiritual leaders and scholars. The tour is filled with sights unseen by most Lewis fans, and stories unheard of in biographies. A first-hand experience and life long memory, one which would not have been possible without the work of Ron. I thank you Ron, for your tour and you have my full support in bringing the legacy of C S Lewis back to England, its rightful owner. Take care! 11 April 2006 – Minnesota, USA.

hennie van den brink-veldhoen- Dear Mr Ron Brind. Thank you so very, very much for your most special tour. It took even four and a half hour! I read your book at once. Thank you for sharing your memories in such a hospitable way. I was touched the most when I was in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (I used the toilet there). It fell upon me that Lewis and Joy had been there too, knowing about Joy’s cancer, and I felt an enormous sadness. It is such a waste Joy died so young; but good you remember her in this way! I’ll recommend your tour to the Dutch Lewis fans. God bless you. 7 April 2006 – The Netherlands.

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