How to be a Lion

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You needn't roar to be heard . . . A powerful book celebrating daydreamers, quiet courage and individuality.

Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?

A thrilling new fable from the creator of the New York Times bestseller Max the Brave.

This book was written in response to aspects of the Trump agenda... to think about how we address notions of masculinity in that light... not to constrain, but to broaden what masculinity can mean. Strength and sensitivity are not mutually exclusive.

"This is the story of what happens when a lion meets a duck... 

It's also my anti everything Trump stands for book. 

I wrote it immediately after the 2016 US election campaign. One belligerent, bullying voice was getting all the attention. He's now the figurehead of the free world, setting a disastrous example. I can't help thinking that this voice will inevitably filter down to children and that they, inevitably, will learn from it, and possibly in time, learn to become like it.

I hope I've written a book that counters that voice, and the intolerance behind it. I think it's time we celebrate the power of quieter more thoughtful voices (anyone who's read Susan Cain's 'Quiet' may recognise this call).

I also wanted to address ‘toxic’ masculinity. If you remember, some truly awful quotes relating to women came from Trump. We need to demonstrate a different idea of masculinity. 'How to be a Lion' tries to show that being gentle, considerate and exhibiting a sensitive side are not weaknesses... they’re part of being a well rounded, thinking, human being.

How to be a Lion is a book about gentleness, and the power of words. Most importantly, it's a book about thinking for yourself and standing up for who you are. 

(If all this sounds pretty didactic - I hope that the book isn't.)"

By Ed Vere




July 2, 2018

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