#TFBookClub reads “Court of Lions” set in GRANADA, SPAIN

17th December 2017

#TFBookClub January/February 2018


Our first five outings for the #TFBookClub have seen us travel the world with our noses in a book:

  • We have so far been #OnLiteraryLocation with Rosanna Ley’s The Little Theatre By The Sea (SARDINIA)
  • We have explored the sense of history in PRAGUE, reading Prague Nights by Benjamin Black
  • We have been on a real adventure to CENTRAL AMERICA with Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed 
  • We have been immersed in an intense relationship between two female writers in Exquisite by Sarah Stovell, set in NORTHUMBERLAND and the LAKE DISTRICT,
  • And most recently we have met Harriet Steel’s Inspector de Silva in 1930s CEYLON (now SRI LANKA), experiencing Trouble in Nuala.

Our new #TFBookClub outing is to exotic GRANADA in historical ANDALUCIA, near the southern tip of SPAIN.

In Jane Johnson’s Court of Lions, Kate Fordham, escaping terrible trauma, has fled to the beautiful sunlit city of Granada, the ancient capital of the Moors in Spain. Here, she is scraping by with an unfulfilling job in a busy bar. One day in the glorious gardens of the Alhambra, once home to Sultan Abu Abdullah Mohammed, also known as Boabdil, Kate finds a scrap of paper hidden in one of the ancient walls. Upon it, in strange symbols, has been inscribed a message from another age. It has lain undiscovered since before the Fall of Granada in 1492, when the city was surrendered to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand. Born of love, in a time of danger and desperation, the fragment will be the catalyst that changes Kate’s life forever.

An epic saga of romance and redemption, Court of Lions brings one of the great turning-points in history to life, telling the stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada, as they both move towards their cataclysmic destinies.

Apply for a copy to read along:

If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during January and early February 2018, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer paper (UK only) or digital or either – by midnight, 31st December 2017. The first names out of the hat on MONDAY 1st January 2018 (or close to then!) will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

We will be in touch at the beginning of January if you are one of our lucky readers! Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 31st December 2017!

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  1. User: Irene Wright

    Posted on: 31/12/2017 at 4:12 pm

    been to loads of places in Spain but not Granada – yet. Would love a print copy please.



    Posted on: 30/12/2017 at 5:28 pm

    A paper copy please,We visited Granada a few yeasr ago so it would be wonderful to visualise the action,plot and characters there


  3. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 29/12/2017 at 5:27 pm

    I’m not sure if my first comment registered so I’ll try again. I’d love to join in and a digital copy is fine.


  4. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 29/12/2017 at 5:24 pm

    I visited Granada many years ago and loved this beautiful city so it would be great to read this. A digital copy would be fine.


  5. User: Jax Williams

    Posted on: 27/12/2017 at 11:05 pm

    Paper copy please – thanks very much


  6. User: Cheryl Pasquier

    Posted on: 27/12/2017 at 6:39 am

    Ooh I’ve just reset my goodreads challenge and am looking around for my first book of the year ! I’d love a paper copy – sounds fab.


  7. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 20/12/2017 at 8:20 am

    Could I have a paper copy please – sounds great!


  8. User: David

    Posted on: 20/12/2017 at 4:18 am

    Would love to read it! I’m in Australia.


  9. User: Rae Cowie

    Posted on: 19/12/2017 at 4:13 pm

    Paperback or digital would be great, please. What a wonderful read to start the year!


  10. User: Adrian Lee

    Posted on: 19/12/2017 at 11:37 am

    Paper please


  11. User: readalot2018

    Posted on: 18/12/2017 at 4:40 pm

    User: Elizabeth (readalot2018)

    Just discovered tripfiction and love to explore books from other cultures. This book sounds great. Please send a digital copy. Thanks.


  12. User: Claire Thorpe

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 9:56 pm

    Sounds like a good read! Love Granada lived there for 5 years in my 20’s. Paper copy please.


  13. User: Holisticrmp

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 9:16 pm

    I would love to join you and read along. A paperback would be wonderful.


  14. User: roxywanders

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 9:00 pm

    digital please…would luv to join in


  15. User: roxywanders

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 9:00 pm

    Digital please, would love to join in.


  16. User: Emily Goode

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 5:37 pm

    This book sounds great. I have really enjoyed participating in the trip fiction book clubs in the past and hope to again. Digital copy please.


  17. User: Gail Forryan

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 5:37 pm

    Conjures up memories of tapas and glass of wine in the cathedral square on a hot, sunny day. Super holiday in Granada. Paper copy please.


  18. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 5:33 pm

    Sounds a fascinating read, paper please.


  19. User: Nerys

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 5:04 pm

    I love novels that switch between centuries. A paper copy would be the perfect antidote to a cold and possibly bleak January!! Fingers crossed 🙂


  20. User: Denise Pentland

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 4:33 pm

    Any book that would elicit the heat and light of Granada during a cold dark British January would be most welcome.
    Paper please.


  21. User: Melanie Daniels

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 3:58 pm

    Hi, this sounds really interesting, I visited Grenada a few years ago and I’d love to read a novel set there. Paper copy please.


  22. User: Gill Garratt

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 3:37 pm

    Interested, interesting, love Granada


  23. User: Brooke Cushenberry

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 3:14 pm

    Digital please. Sounds like a fun read.


  24. User: Helen James

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read! ( paper copy please )


  25. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 2:25 pm

    Sounds an exciting read! Would love to win a paper copy please! 🙂


  26. User: Susan Lacey

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 1:06 pm

    Oh, this sounds like an interesting read – paper please (I still love the feel and smell of books). Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


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    • User: Melissa Newman

      Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 2:30 pm

      Visiting Granada for first time in March. This would be the perfect scene setter. Digital copy would mean I could take with me on my kindle.


  27. User: Evelyn Vernolini

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 1:00 pm

    Paper please, sounds good x


  28. User: Jess Dimovski

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 1:00 pm

    I would love a paper copy! Sounds like a wonderful read!


  29. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 12:36 pm

    I would love a paper copy please. it would be great to read about a warm and vibrant city during the dreary winter months!


  30. User: LisaRowsell

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 12:22 pm

    Paper please


  31. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 12:16 pm

    Sounds great, I’d love a paper copy please x


  32. User: Sarah

    Posted on: 17/12/2017 at 11:51 am

    Ooh digital please, would love to join in!