The Lion Tamer Who Lost
A heartbreaking, breathtakingly beautiful love story with a tragedy at its heart, from the critically acclaimed author of Maria in the Moon
‘Beech eloquently conveys their feelings and longings and sets atmospheric, vividly drawn scenes that transport the reader from grey and damp England to the searing heat of the lion reserve …The Lion Tamer Who Lost will touch the most h
This is the story of Ben and Andrew, a love story fraught with prejudice and secrets.... I have to admit I had a bit of a soft spot for Andrew, there was something about him that just was so sweet (for lack of a better word).... you absolutely could feel the connection between these two and really wanted nothi ...more
The story starts in Zimbabwe with 23 year old Ben. He is volunteering at The Liberty Lion Rehabilitation Project and fulfilling his lifelong wish of being with lions. Despite living his dream, he is no ...more
The Lion tamer Who Lost is a story about Ben and Andrew and a wish that Andrew once wrote down and kept in a silver box ... Ben lost his mum to cancer and has a difficult relationship with his 'playboy', prejudiced, old-school father, Andrew never knew his father. Many coincidences bring them together resulting in passionate love, tragic hurt, self-sacrifice and the ultimate relationship taboo .
For the fourth time in success ...more
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I have seen this book on Twitter and saw that it’s LGBTQ+ so I immediately had to get a copy of it and read it! I found the synopsis of the book to sound very interesting because of different settings the story takes place in.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a book about two people, Ben and Andrew, who seem to meet each other in unusual circumstances and quite often. From the moment Ben sets eyes of Andrew [in a library] he falls for him and s ...more
Fate, destiny, call it what you will, brought Andrew and Ben together with a series of meetings—some by design, some by chance. The connection they felt was immediate. Andrew ...more
The settings are always so descriptive and atmospheric and it’s easy to get utterly engrossed in her books.
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is her latest novel and it’s difficult to review without containing spoilers.
This book is a love story, a tale of secrets, guilt, confusion, bigotry and shame, beautifully woven together through the narration of Ben and Andrew ...more
Every so often I come across a book where the characters are so well drawn and so beautifully flawed and real that I have to remind myself that they aren’t real once the book is over. Ben is definitely one of those characters for me. His frustration with life and love is so evident that it’s impossible not to feel it with him.
Heartbreaking and so profoundly moving.
As with all of her books, LB has a way of sucking you into the story from the first page & wraps you into the characters so much you feel their every emotion. I lost count of how many quotes I wrote down to try and remember. I lost count of how many times I put the book down and sat in stunned silence & a few times in tears. Raw, emotional yet somehow hopeful this book is incredibly beautiful.
Thanks to Orenda for this early copy:)
This is a book that has the ability to whisk you away on an utterly captivating journey, from both a literary and an emotional perspective. Beautifully written throughout and with a profoundly bittersweet plot that contains numerous layers, it explores sensitive themes with style along the way and leaves you in no doubt that Louise Beech is one of the most versatile authors around.
The depth of the story is such that it can fit into one of several genres. The romance element is right at ...more
Of course, I'm starting with the thing I already mentioned. Both our main characters ...more
It was fascinating to read the scenes set in a lion sanctuary especially when I discovered the author had never been to one. You'd never think it at all! Shows you the power of good research and the emotions you can evoke on the page wit ...more
Finished reading: October 19th 2019
"He had nothing again. Nothing he knew, understood well, was familiar with.
But nothing is so much harder after you've briefly had something."
After reading Call Me Star Girl earlier this year, I had no other option but to add Louise Beech to my list of favorite authors immediately. I've been looking forward to read more of her work ever since, although I was also a tad worried as I wasn't sure how anything could live up to expectations a ...more
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is the fourth novel from Louise Beech. Published by the fabulous Orenda Books, it is described as ‘a devastatingly beautiful love story with a dark and tragic heart’. A novel exploring LGBTQ themes, it tells the fateful tale of a beautiful love that is tarnished by secrets of the past.
This is a book that you might need the Kleenex for folks…you have been warned!!
Ben is a troubled soul. Now on a lion reserve in Zi ...more
Pages - 350
Publisher - Orenda
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn't...
Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn't for the reasons he imagined...
Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but ...more
I don’t really consider myself a particularly emotional person (although I did once cry at a diaper commercial but that’s another story), yet somehow Louise Beech always manages to rip out my heart, stomp all over it and leave me a big, unattractive, blubbering mess.
We first meet Ben in the magnificent surroundings of Zimbabwe, where he’s volunteering at a lion sanctuary. It’s rather o ...more
I gasped out loud at the central critical reveal of this book, and the punches to my gut just kept coming.
I am forever grateful that I live a life in which I can still be surprised, even thrilled to discover a new author, a new beautiful work of fiction. This novel is gorgeous and devastating, a tender and brutal love story, a harsh and honest portr ...more
This is a story that I just found myself being captivated with from the very start as I met Ben in Zimbabwe at a lion sanctuary. This is his dream and also a fu ...more
Love goes with us – it is light and has easy-to-grip handles and needs no passport
The Lion Tamer Who Lost is almost a book within a book. Andrew is writing a children’s book with the same title and by chance with a character who happens to be called Ben (book Ben) – and Ben in real life becomes his lover.
Andrew also has a wish box but although some ambitions may be realised, things can also turn out very differently than anti ...more
Fate had an uncanny way of throwing together Ben and And ...more
This is the beautiful love story of Ben and Andrew. It takes place between England and Zimbabwe and yes, fantastically, there are lions! This is also the story of coming back to family despite incredible harm done.
About 100 pages in, I knew this book would destroy me. Toward the end, I repeatedly put it down, overwhelmed with emotion and sim ...more
How is a book allowed to be so breathtakingly beautiful and tragically hopeful? How is something made up of mis-words and wishes and human mistakes so profound?
I smiled quietly like a boy who could tame lions because he had already lost. I soared across the colors of the savanna. I was a sobbing mess on the floor of a bleak E ...more