Wednesday, 5 September 2018

#BlogTour: The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #TheLionTamerWhoLost

Published by Orenda Books in paperback on 20th September 2018, the ebook is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past,The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

My Thoughts:

I always wait patiently when I hear that Louise Beech has a new book coming out and the anticipation for The Lion Tamer Who Lost was no exception. I always wonder what direction she will choose next. A writer that makes me think and feel and always captivates me with her wonderfully entrancing writing. 

The cover for The Lion Tamer Who Lost is absolutely perfect, it  is somehow simple and complex at the same time and is the perfect one for the wonderful novel. 

Set in Zimbabwe and England a transfixing sense of place is captured particularly in Zimbabwe if I closed my eyes I could almost imagine being there. Louise Beech always writes her characters with great depth and great heart and they are a pleasure to read about. A writer that is very astute as she manages to capture their emotions and lays them out bare across the pages. 

Ben travels to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve after a promise that he had made. Andrew keeps his wishes in a box, fate seeming to bring to the two characters together. 

Essentially a story of love in its many forms and sexuality and identity. A story that is ever real and certainly current. 

I have been moved beyond measure and even had a little cry at the beauty that this writer has created. I didn't think that she would be able to top The Mountain in My Shoe but she has and I can only dream of what comes next from the pen of this one off, one of a kind super talented author that captures heart and mind and is quite simply a piece of wizardry. 

You would be foolish to miss this one. 


About the Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. 

Find her on Twitter: @LouiseWriter

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