Author(s): Justin Cartwright
Richard Cathar was named after his father's hero, Richard the Lionheart. Richard remembers his recently-deceased father, Alaric, as a delusional hippy, who saw himself as an intellectual and historian. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard travels to Jerusalem where he falls deeply in love with Noor, a beautiful but mysterious Canadian-Arab journalist. When Noor is kidnapped on assignment in Cairo and the facts of her capture emerge, Richard stumbles upon an important document, one that could rewrite not just the history of the Crusades, but his father's and his own as well.
A contemporary tale of belief, identity, the nature of fiction and the power of romance, Lion Heart is Justin Cartwright's most inventive and powerful work to date
Glorious . Cartwright has the ability to elicit laughter and pity at once, while at the same time evoking a scene or atmosphere with effortless precision Guardian Part love story, part grail quest, part historical detective novel . Cartwright carries the reader through all this with the energy of his writing; people and places become so real that even the most fantastic twists in the plot become believable Financial Times Vivid Sunday Times Cartwright's sharp observation, waspish wit and evocative expertise come into their own Boyd Tonkin Independent Astonishing ... Immerse yourself in Cartwright's world of medieval drama, espionage, romance and intrigue Daily Mail Cartwright's sharp observation, waspish wit and evocative expertise come into their own Peter Kemp, Sunday Times Books of the Year
Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award, The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize, The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water and, most recently, Other People's Money, winner of the Spears novel of the year. Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London. @justincartwrig1