Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction

Happy Monday, let’s start the week with a 5* review – The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech #theliontamerwholost #lovethesmellofabook @louisewriter

Wow what a book, this is the rare gem of a book that you pick up and become some immersed in that time passes you by and you genuinely feel bereft when you reach the end of the story as you felt the characters had become your friends during the journey.

That is exactly how I felt reaching the end of this wonderful poignant story. This book is a beautiful story of love and loss that takes you on a journey with Ben to the Lion reserve in Africa hoping to find answers to many unanswered questions. Ben and Andrew are everything to eachother and sometimes the people you love the most are the ones you end up hurting the most for all the right reasons.

Once I had picked this book up, I struggled to put it down as I was so keen to see how Ben’s journey would play out and whether on his return be able to salvage a relationship with Andrew.

A superb read that holds a little something for everyone, it takes you on a beautiful and emotional journey that will leave you feeling sad and a little lost when you reach the end.


Book Blurb

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…


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Available to purchase on Amazon


About the Author

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.

Her debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick in 2015. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt, and The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as ‘engrossing and captivating’ by the Daily Express.

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