The first UK review of Green Lion came out a little while ago on The Bookbag. The verdict? “This is not necessarily a likeable book, but it’s certainly not a forgettable one.” – what more could you ask for?
Rose-Innes’ animals have a liquid quality, slipping between boundaries, often unseen but felt or heard, frequently doing the unexpected … the depth of Rose-Innes’ characterisation makes ‘Green Lion’ a satisfying read. Con’s relationship with Mark and his family, which shifts between envy, admiration, dislike, alienation and pity is intricately woven and intensely sad, the claustrophobia of Con’s mother’s cluttered house is vivid, and the ending is haunting.