Be careful what you wish for…
Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it 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.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is published on the 15th July 2018 by Orenda Books. Many thanks to Karen at Orenda Books for my copy of the book.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is so different to Beech’s other works but her unique story telling shines through – as Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books said to me….it is so distinctly Louise! I’m not actually sure how I am going to do this book justice through this review but I’ll try 🙂
Before I even read the blurb, I was super intrigued by the cover and title….how does a love story incorporate lions – the answer being in the most stunning way!
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is an exquisite love story which starts after a succession of coincidences…some would call it fate! The reader is drawn in right from the start when we are introduced to Ben who is on a lion reserve in Zimbabwe – the reader knows that Ben is running away from something but it’s a while before we know what. The author’s descriptive language throughout this book is fantastic but the scenes in Zimbabwe and the relationships built between Ben and Lucy the lion is particularly beautiful. All the sights, smells and sounds leap from the page.
The relationship between Ben and Andrew is both beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time – the exploration of their love is tackled head on showing the bigotry that same-sex relationships still face.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is an intense read which I found gripping from start to end, I kept turning the pages as I needed to know what happened between Ben and Andrew as I felt as though I was on the journey with them. I’m not ashamed to admit that there were tears!
Another beautiful story and setting from Louise Beech whose books continue to get better and better….this is my favourite on yet, until the next one!
Everyone needs to read this book – it is beautiful from the first page right to the very last page!
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. Both books have been number one on Kindle, Audible and Kobo in USA/UK/AU. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail , where she was a columnist for ten years. 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 and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She is also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show.