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The Lion Tamer Who Lost

book | Sep 2018

Nominated for The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award at the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards

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 are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything…

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition.
But will he ever return to England? To Andrew?
To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…


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‘A beautiful and compassionate read’


"With great compassion for all her characters, Louise Beech deftly creates a story of the survival of life’s sorrows which, with a little help, can lead ultimately to joy"

The Irish Times

‘Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will love it’

Amanda Prowse

'There are books I love and books I will treasure forever and The Lion Tamer Who Lost by the superbly talented Louise Beech falls into the latter. As far as I’m concerned Louise Beech is the “queen” of story telling, this novel was such a compelling and emotive read, and so beautifully written I’m not convinced anything I write will convey how truly wonderful this book was …'

The Book Review Café

'This book was total perfection, beautiful, breath-taking, heartbreaking, and one of the very best books I’ve read this – or any other – year’

Being Anne

'A truly unforgettable story'

The Misstery

Storytelling at its finest. Louise Beech is a beguiling wordsmith. Prepare to be hooked. 

Amanda Prowse

Vivid, passionate and exquisitely told, this love story will live on in my heart for a very long time to come. A poignant, surprising and all-consuming read. 

Katie Marsh

This isn’t a book you just read, it’s something you absorb. An incredible, poignant piece of work. Louise Beech had cemented her place as one of Britain’s finest modern storytellers. 

John Marrs
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It’s a stunning and very brave book. 

Gill Paul
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A beautiful, honest and tender love story that I won’t forget for a long time.

Fionnuala Kearney
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The book digs deep emotionally, but is funny and feel-good too. 

Fiona Mitchell
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A moving read. 

S.E. Lynes
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Louise Beech is a natural-born storyteller with an elegance about her writing that never fails to move me. 

Michael J. Malone

This is real life, bruised, torn and coffee-stained, refusing to give up…simply stunning. 

Su Bristow

There are times when you finish reading a book and know that part of it will stay with you always. This will be one of those books. 

Claire Allen

Heartfelt and wry, this will transport you into a keenly observed world; secrets are hidden, people are flawed, but humanity endures. 

Ruth Dugdall

It put me in mind of John Irving. It’s that feeling of being in the hands of a master storyteller and just trusting him or her so completely. 

Laura Pearson

Again, Louise Beech has totally blown me away with her storytelling ability. I loved this beautiful but painful love story; which is also about coincidences, loss and difficult relationships. This is a story about the strength of love and what sometimes needs to be sacrificed for it. 

Madeleine Black

This book really got under my skin as a beautiful portrait of love, loss and longing. 

Irish Sunday Independent
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Oh…my…God. I have no words to form a review, only tears … (P.S I WILL find the words to review, once my heart has healed a little) And it WILL be 5 stars. 

J M Hewitt

In its surprising turns and lovely particulars, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is a beautiful text. 

Michelle Anne Schingler
ForeWord Reviews
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I knew this book would be a tearjerker as soon as I immersed myself in Louise Beech’s story, with her poetic words leaping off the page like little sparks of light. I had tissues, chocolate and counselling service on standby by the time I reached the end. Each one of her books is unique – nothing like her previous ones, but just as compelling and compassionate. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Off-the-Shelf Books

‘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. As a study of love and grief this could easily have been a cloying, saccharine read but Beech’s trademark Northern gritty humour shines through. The Lion Tamer Who Lost will touch the most hard-hearted of readers with its persuasive, well-drawn and memorable characters’ 

Daily Express

'The Lion Tamer Who Lost reminds us that if fate exists, it is fickle and may not always be leading you to the outcome you expect. A truly outstanding and beautiful book.’

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