In 1959, the shattering medical judgement that Helen Joy Davidman's bone cancer had returned in terminal form was determined to be a misdiagnosis.
Out of the ShadowlandsHer over-joyed husband was the renowned children's author Clive Staples ("Jack") Lewis. The closing of such a terrible chapter in their lives rekindled his faith, inspiring him to re-open a new chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia. A soaring tale of hope and redemption. Because the more he thought about it, the more he realised the obvious linkage between the interwoven destinies of the atheist Helen Joy Davidman and the fictional character of Susan Pevensie (pictured).
At the end of The Last Battle, the Land of Narnia was destroyed; but because Susan had lost her faith she been denied access to the glorious place called Aslan's Country. Bigger and brighter and clearer, that magical world had welcomed the other protaganoists including her siblings Peter, Lucy and cousin Eustace.
In a 1957 letter, Jack had written "The books don't tell us what happened to Susan. She is left alive in this world at the end. But there's plenty of time for her to mend and perhaps she will get to Aslan's country in the end .. in her own way. This is not to say, as some critics have maintained, that she is lost forever ... ". Two years later, he began to write the eighth installment of The Chronicles, "Once there were four children."..