#BlogTour #BookReview for The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter #TheLionTamerWhoLost @OrendaBooks

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 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?


I don’t think I can do a review that will do this book justice and show just how good it is so I am going to keep it short and sweet – it is brilliant – buy it!!

In all seriousness I loved everything about this book, the writing style is superb, the plot is excellent and I loved the characters.  The setting is brought to life as the words flow and you feel completely immersed in the story.  I found the story to be completely addictive, when I wasn’t reading it I wanted to be – that doesn’t happen to many times for me and after I’d finished the story I found myself thinking about it.

No hesitation at all in giving this story 5 stars – one of my highlights of 2018 – superbly written and another cracking book from 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. 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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