Lion Heart

Lion Heart

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Richard Cathar recalls his recently deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippie, one who fancied himself an intellectual and a historian. One of many far-fetched claims was that he had discovered-and then lost-documentation of a meeting between his hero, Richard the Lionheart, and Robin Hood after the Third Crusade.

In a quest to sort out the fact and fiction of his father's life, Richard (named for the legendary king) leaves London and travels to Jerusalem, where he falls in love with the mysterious Noor, a journalist who herself has many secrets. Back in England, he continues his research, finding his own evidence that Richard the Lionheart recovered the True Cross from Saladin. Again he sets out, this time on the trail of the True Cross, which leads him through the Middle East and Europe-and to the powerful sense that myth and history may be inseparable.

Justin Cartwright's latest novel is an utter original. Full of insight into the life and times of Richard the Lionheart, it is exciting, deeply moving, funny, and profound.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 329 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 430.91g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1620401835
  • 9781620401835

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"One of the finest novelists currently at work." --"The Guardian" (UK)

"A senior member of a masterful generation of English novelists that includes Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie and Kazuo Ishiguro." --"Los Angeles Times"

"A literary master. It's astonishing that he still isn't spoken of in the same breath as Amis and McEwan: he ought to be." --"Independent on Sunday" (UK)

"Few living British novelists write English fiction quite as well as Cartwright. [What] sets him apart from most if his contemporaries is that, beneath the humour and the irony, he has a subtle awareness of the essential fragility of humans." --"The Irish Times"
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About Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright's novels include In Every Face I Meet, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Leading the Cheers, winner of the Whitbread Novel Award; White Lightning, shortlisted for the Whitbread; The Promise of Happiness, winner of the Hawthornden Prize; and, most recently, Other People's Money, named Spear's Book Award Novel of the Year and included in Kirkus Reviews' Best of Fiction Top 25. Cartwright was born in South Africa and now lives in London.
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237 ratings
3.25 out of 5 stars
5 11% (27)
4 32% (75)
3 36% (85)
2 13% (31)
1 8% (19)
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