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Lion Heart by Justin Cartwright
  

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The first thing you need to know about this book is that it’s not an historical novel about Richard the Lionheart. Well, not entirely. Richie is at an awkward moment in his life – ostensibly a successful, happy man, there is something hugely lacking in his life – so he goes on a quest, picking up some research his father was doing into Richard, after whom he is named and dropping everything to go to Jerusalem in pursuit of the truth about Richard’s Grail quest and about himself. Intriguing, and Cartwright is a masterful writer, but rather like Richard’s life there’s something missing from this book that would make it truly brilliant.

If you like Justin Cartwright you might also like to read books by Andre Brink, Chinua Achebe and Melvyn Bragg.

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Synopsis

Lion Heart by Justin Cartwright

Richard remembers his recently-deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippy, who saw himself as an intellectual and historian. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard travels to Jerusalem where he falls deeply in love with Noor, a beautiful but mysterious Canadian-Arab journalist. When Noor is kidnapped on assignment in Cairo and the facts of her capture emerge, Richard stumbles upon an important document, one that could rewrite not just the history of the Crusades, but his father's and his own as well.

Reviews

Glorious . Cartwright has the ability to elicit laughter and pity at once, while at the same time evoking a scene or atmosphere with effortless precision - Guardian

Part love story, part grail quest, part historical detective novel . Cartwright carries the reader through all this with the energy of his writing; people and places become so real that even the most fantastic twists in the plot become believable - Financial Times

About the Author

Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in America and at Oxford University. His novel LEADING THE CHEERS won the Whitbread Book Award for 1998. Justin Cartwright lives in north London with his wife and two sons.

Photograph © Mark Gerson

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Justin Cartwright

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408840146

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