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 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…
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is available in ebook now and in paperback on the 20th September. You can purchase or pre-order your copy here.
Louise Beech is one of my favourite authors and I was so excited to read her latest book, though a little nervous. Surely she couldn’t write another book as great as Maria In The Moon? Yes, yes she could!
The thing I love most about Louise’s stories is her ability to draw the reader into the story and make them care about the characters. I really liked Ben and soon started feeling very protective of him, especially when I learnt more about his father and his history. I wished I was able to stand up for him at times and help guide him through the problems he finds himself faced with.
The setting of Zimbabwe is beautifully described and I felt like I could really imagine it in my mind. The descriptions of the animals and the beautiful sunrises have left a lasting impression on me and I would definitely like to go visit some day. I’ve actually been lucky enough to visit a lion sanctuary in South Africa so the scenes describing Ben’s time there brought back some very happy memories and sent me digging through my photos.
The story is told from two points of view. One thread tells of Ben’s life in the present day fulfilling a life long wish to work at a lion sanctuary. The reader is aware quite early on that something bad happenned in Ben’s past and that he has come to work at the lion sanctuary in order to escape it. The other thread goes back through Ben’s past and tells the story of Ben’s relationship with Andrew. Slowly the story unravels and the reader becomes aware of what happened and I defy anyone not to be deeply moved.
This is Louise’s fourth book and I can’t wait to read more from her. If you like beautiful, emotional stories you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Karen from Orenda Publishers for my copy of the book.
About The Author:
Louise Beech knew from being small that she wanted to write, to create, to make magic. She remembers sitting in her father’s cross-legged lap while he tried to show her his guitar’s chords. His music sheets fascinated her – such strange language that translated into music. Her mother taught languages, French and English, so her fluency fired Louise’s passion for words.
Louise’s short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail about being a parent. Her debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick for 2015. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt.
When she was fifteen Louise bet her mother ten pounds she’d be published by the time she was thirty. She missed this deadline by two months. Her mother is still waiting for the money.
Link to her website – http://louisebeech.co.uk/