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From the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis comes another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis. 

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Praise for
Once Upon a Wardrobe

"Selected as Buzz Book of Fall 2021" 

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" The Callahan Effect" 

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“Exquisitely heartfelt, Once Upon a Wardrobe is a love letter to the magic of stories.  I call it 'the Callahan effect' — from the first page to the last, Patti Callahan's wise and beautiful prose draws you in and doesn’t let you go."

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

"While it may not be Narnia,
it is Magical"

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“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’s stepson

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Once Upon a Wardrobe is a poignant meditation on the lengths we will go to for our loved ones as well as a fascinating glimpse into the early life of C.S. Lewis. Patti Callahan’s beautiful, life-affirming novel is a reminder that literature lives inside us, and that when we read someone else’s story, we understand so much more about our own. A gorgeous, compelling book."

Janet Skeslien Charles, award-winning author of The Paris Library

"A life-affirming novel"

"A tale of heartache, hope & discovery"


“With a touch of fairy tale magic, Once Upon a Wardrobe will take you behind the legend and deep into the English and Irish countryside, where you’ll encounter not only the inspirations for one of the 20th century’s most beloved works, but also 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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The Faun that inspired C. S. Lewis for the Narnia character Mr. Tumnus.
Door entrance. Located on St Mary's passage in Oxford (United Kingdom, England). 

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Worcestershire, England  

Book Setting:  Winter December, 1950.  Where George Henry Devonshire (8 yr old) resides with his sister Meg and parents.  

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