The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech. Many thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me and my review copy of the book.

About this book…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it 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?

My review…

I left it quite late to read this new masterpiece from the wonderfully gifted author Louise Beech so when something happened in my family recently I realised that Louise’s book possibly wasn’t the best one to read at that particular time. The reason being that Louise Beech has an exceptionally rare gift of being able to evoke such strong emotions in her readers that I knew it would affect me deeply. And that if I started crying I probably wouldn’t be able to stop. But I LOVE Louise’s writing so much and had been looking forward to The Lion Tamer Who Lost for such a long time that when I couldn’t sleep the other night, I opened it up…and didn’t put it down again until 3 and a half hours later when I finished it. And then I sobbed my heart out for about an hour!!! This book broke down all the barriers I had constructed around myself and to be honest, it was just what I needed.

Everything about this book worked for me. It drew me in so gradually, that I actually lost track of time and everything happening around me. I became intensely and completely involved in the lives of both Ben and Andrew, more so once those two lives then became entwined. The setting of the lion reserve where Ben volunteered was so vividly brought to life I could almost feel the heat of that African sun bearing down on me. The relationship Ben developed with the lioness cub Lucy was a joy to watch as their mutual trust evolved and it brought a lump to my throat. But that was nothing compared to the emotions that came along later. The relationships that followed were real, complicated, heartbreaking, intense and painful but I was unable to tear myself away from the inevitability of the outcomes of these connections.

I love this woman’s books so much-Louise Beech is a literary genius!!!And she even manages to get better with every single book that she brings out! But although I found myself completely caught up in the haunting atmosphere and the powerful emotions it stirred within me, I didn’t actually cry until it finished. But by the closing pages this book had burrowed its way into my heart, and those final few words then exploded in there, broke it and me into a million pieces. I was a snotty, hyperventilating mess by the end.

I was involved in the cover reveal for The Lion Tamer Who Lost which was a huge honour for me and I loved the original cover. But that cover was changed and I can see why now that I’ve read the book. This new cover captures the heart and soul of this stunning piece of literature perfectly. It’s a beautifully written piece of fiction about love, loss, humanity and forgiveness. Don’t read without tissues!!!


Meet the author…

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. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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