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The Lion Tamer Who Lost

"A tender, gloriously beautiful relationship tale with a difference."

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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

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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.

Thank you to Louise Beech for transporting me between England and Zimbabwe. All the characters, human and lion, were brought to life beautifully and I found myself caring deeply about their journeys.
This novel explores relationships between friends and between families, and the dangers of keeping secrets. The issues raised are dealt with sensitively and I believe that this would be a great novel for schools to share with teenagers age 14+ to cover PSHE topics.

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.

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

Ben has always wished he could work with lions, whilst Andrews wishes are more complex, so he keeps his written on post-it notes and concealed inside his Wish Box.

When these two meet it feels like fate could have thrown them together and this book is certainly a series of bizarre and pretty improbable coincidences.

When you read a book that breaks a piece of your heart and you turn to the back and discover your own name in the mentions and thankyous … perhaps that’s just another of those bizarre coincidences, for not only did that happen to me in my proof copy of this book, which eventually found its way to me via a long and

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.

A chance meeting …… changed destinies ….. challenging issues.

Beautifully and sensitively written. The words soak deep into your consciousness and transport you far away.

I will not say too much about the plot – two men who keep meeting; two very different locations; future and past; father and son.

As for the emotional experience of reading the book. I laughed, I cried, I was indignant, and I was overwhelmed.

I loved Louise Beech’s excellent The Mountain in My Shoe, which left me speechless at the end.

Barbara Gaskell