Lion Heart Synopsis
Richie Cathar’s father, Alaric, was a renaissance man: an intellectual, explorer, archaeologist and historian. He was also a man of the sixties: a fantasist, absentee parent and drug abuser. Alaric named his son after his hero, Richard, Coeur de Lion, but left him little when he died apart from conflicting memories. Now Richie, thirty-something, is in search of his own role…
Following his father’s trail to the Holy Land to research the Art of the Medieval Latin Kingdom, Richie’s quest – to uncover the fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic and the truth about his father – takes him from the high-table intrigue of Oxford to the imposing Crusader castles of Jordan, and into a passionate love affair with Noor, a Canadian-Arab journalist, whose fate will become entwined with Richie’s own.
Shot through with Justin Cartwright’s trademark sharp observation and heartbreaking drama, Lion Heart is a thrilling, romantic and original work from one of our finest novelists. (Booktopia)
The Book Beginning is:
One afternoon, about six months ago, Emily and I walked down to the Globe Theatre. It was an astonishing day, the sort of day that dispels memories of rain and impenetrable cloud and lip-chapping cold.
I have not had the pleasure of reading Cartwright’s work before, but am finding his writing style very engaging so far. I’m enjoying the protagonist’s dark/dry humoured observations also…
Bloomsbury Sydney kindly provided me this copy for review. It’s only just been released in ebook and hardcover, paperback coming 1 October 2013.