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The Lion Tamer Who Lost

by Louise Beech

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Lion Tamer Who Lost

An absolute wow of a relationship tale, gloriously beautiful yet it may well have broken my heart. Ben travels to Africa and volunteers at a lion reserve, as we remain with him in the present, we also look back to his past, where he meets Andrew, who keeps a Wish Box. When Louise writes it feels touchable, even if I have not experienced the emotions she describes I can feel them deep inside me. I remained in every moment, moving with the words, the feelings, knowing I was heading into unchartered territory, yet unable to pause, to stop reading. Another story heads each chapter, linking Ben and Andrew, yet creating a separate connection. As I neared the ending, I will admit to sobbing, the story hit me low in my stomach, unexpected, yet as true and real and felt as could be. Louise Beech has done it again, this will most definitely be on my list of favourite reads of the year. The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a relationship tale with a difference, it is tender, gripping, eloquent, and I want to shout about it from the rooftops.

Liz Robinson

The Lion Tamer Who Lost Synopsis

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 Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This novel explores relationships between friends and between families, and the dangers of keeping secrets. ‘The lion tamer who lost’ is well written and deserves to be in the Top 10 fiction chart for many weeks. Full review

Karen Kingston

Be careful what you wish for it might just come true, is definitely the moral of this lovely, engaging romantic and heartbreaking read. Full review

Janet Lambert

Beautifully and sensitively written. I laughed, I cried, I was indignant, and I was overwhelmed. The Lion Tamer who Lost does not disappoint. Full review

Barbara Gaskell

This book made me weep, it made me sad and it made me want to tell everyone to read it. Full review

Dana Captainino

Beautifully written, wonderfully uplifting and yet woefully devastating at the same time, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is very special indeed. Full review

Sarah Harper

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ISBN: 9781912374298
Publication date: 30/09/2018
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912374298
Publication date: 30th September 2018
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 300 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 50 Books To Transport You To Another World,
Categories: Adult & contemporary romance,

About Louise Beech

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. Maria in the Moon was compared to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and widely reviewed. All three 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, ...

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