Children’s author Piers Torday talks to Jake Hayes about his new book The Frozen Sea, part of his 'Lost Magician' series. These stories are explicitly shaped by C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, in this case The Silver Chair, one of the stranger and more atmospheric books in the sequence.
Piers features on the Tygertale list of the 100 best children’s books of the 21st century. He knows his children’s literature inside out and in this interview he talks about religion, gender equality, the perils of social media and why now, more than ever before, we need a place like Narnia to escape to.
I have written a blogpost about the Silver Chair to accompany this episode, with glorious images from illustrator Pauline Baynes.
Deeper Reading List
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
The Lost Magician by Piers Torday
The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Morte Darthur by Sir Thomas Malory
The Allegory of the Cave by Plato
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Songs of Resignation by Matt Elliot