Book Beginning – LION HEART by Justin Cartwright

Lion Heart Synopsis

Lion Heart by Justin CartwrightRichie 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.

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    • says

      Laurel-Rain, Jo – Yes, the opening isn’t as hard hitting as some are, but it does give you a feel for the thoughtfulness behind Cartwright’s writing style.

  1. says

    Hi Jo,

    I love those opening lines, but I still can’t decide whether this would be a book I would enjoy all that much. I have spent some time researching this new to me author and his work and although many seem to rave about him, there is definitely a mixed reaction to this particular book, with the average ratings so far being very middle of the road. I think that I might well wait for your review of this one, before committing myself.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy the book,


  2. says

    I don’t know this author..the books sounds good. THANKS for sharing.

    My book beginnings is from THE WEDDING GIFT…I finished it today and reviewed it if you like the “teaser” and care to check out the review.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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