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(John Frederick) Norman Lewis (1908–2003) by Paul Tozer, 1996 © Paul Tozer / National Portrait Gallery, London


Lewis, (John Frederick) Norman (1908–2003), traveller and author, was born on 28 June 1908 at Clifton, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth child of Richard George Lewis (d. 1936), a pharmacist, and his wife, Louise Charlotte, née Evans (d. 1950). His parents became practising spiritualists after their elder sons failed to reach maturity. The family was Welsh. Bullied at ...