My Books

The Wolf in Winter, the first volume of The Trystan Trilogy, a retelling of the classic Arthurian story of Tristan and Isolde, was published in November 2021. The second and third parts of the trilogy, The Swan in Summer and The Serpent in Spring, will be published in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

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Extracts from reviews (Average review 4.7):

  • The Wolf in Winter is a masterpiece. I was gripped by this tale, and as the excitement built towards the end, I couldn’t read fast enough. She knows her history and captures that time period with believability, creating moody and memorable atmosphere. But what is most impressive, within this exciting tale, is the character development; her extraordinary characters are astounding. They are both accessible and the stuff of legends, complex, imperfect, and Shakespearean in their motives. By the end of my reading of The Wolf in Winter, it had become a new legend, and now feels like the true story of Trystan. And when the whole tale is done, it will be the way I remember this great legend best. 
  • It’s rare to find a book that instils in you such a strong sense within its opening pages but ‘The Wolf in Winter’ grabs you hard and doesn’t let you go. Retellings can feel heavy. Over done. Not this one though. ‘The Wolf in Winter’ takes the tragic, beloved tale of Tristan and Isolde and sets it deep in a new wild and willful territory. And whilst the themes may ever be the same; love, hate, betrayal, honour, everything here feels whip-fresh and meticulously researched, allowing you to fall head-first into a world where past decisions stalk every shadow. 
  • If you like The Last Kingdom – you will love this! […] Barbara Lennox has woven together the known albeit fragmented history, the legend of Tristan and Isolde and the myths of the dying gods of the time into a beautifully written novel. It is a strong start to The Trystan Trilogy and I look forward to reading the next installment. 
  • I loved the descriptions of the landscape and the insight I felt I gained into life in 5th century Scotland, not just for the country’s rulers but for the common people too. The fight/battle scenes were especially powerfully evoked. […] It is the characters who make the book and it is the characters who will live long in my memory. As with all good books, I was reluctant to say goodbye to them at the end. […} With so many characters and such a big canvas, it takes a writer of real skill to manipulate a plot that never flags. […] The thing that pulls everything together is the quality of the writing. Much like the songs of the bards she describes in the novel, it’s the rhythms of Barbara Lennox’s prose which draw you in and hold you in thrall. 
  • I was captivated by this book. It is extremely well written, the setting coming to life vividly and the varied characters jumping off the page. […] I was particularly taken with the way religion and gods were used in the story, driving character motivations and presented in a unique way that I don’t think I have seen before. 
  • An early historical fiction, bringing to life the past beautifully. Love, war, friendships, and family, working together, in struggles of power, of land and kingship. Loved this one, and I’m looking forward to following Trystan’s journey further. 
  • This is a fabulous retelling of the Tristan and Isolde story from Arthurian legend. The author’s research has enabled her to recast the tale in her native Scotland, which for a Caledophile like me is a good thing. The bleak hills and lochs are the perfect setting for all the things you would expect from this epic historical narrative – conflicted loyalties, fierce battle scenes, passionate relationships. […] I love the subtle way magic and religion is dealt with in the novel. It reminded me of The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell. Deftly handled, the reader is never quite sure whether the magic is real or just skilful suggestion, whether the protagonist is genuinely communicating with his deity, or his alter ego. This treatment of the supernatural helps create a sense of enchantment and otherworldliness about the tale – whilst at the same time the power-hungry machinations of kings, stewards, warriors and priests makes it feel all to similar the world we know. Beautifully written and thoroughly recommended.

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The Man who Loved Landscape, a collection of 40 short stories, available from Amazon for £1.99 (e-book) or £4.99 (paperback). Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Extracts from reviews:

A simply astonishing book of forty short stories. The author clearly has a deep understanding of the workings of the human heart and mind, because all the tales offer a crystal-clear window to peer into the inner workings of a person’s soul. (Julia Blake, Author of Black Ice)

The level of storytelling is magisterial and whole sentences go by filled with imagery that takes the breath away. Simply the best book of short stories I have read in years. (Gary Hindhaugh, Author of Daisy Jacobs Saves the World)

Song of a Red Morning, a historical short story set in Dark-age Scotland, available from Amazon for 99p (e-book) or £2.99 (paperback). Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

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Extracts from reviews:

A beautifully atmospheric tale that draws you in. Grounded in history but with a tantalising aura of mythology, this short story will appeal to fantasy and historical readers alike.

It’s one thing for a writer to conjure up the atmosphere and lifestyle of an ancient world but this short story achieves something much rarer – offering us an insight into the psychology of Iron Age man.

Throughly absorbing and beautifully written. A trip back in time.

The Ghost in the Machine, a collection of poetry, available from Amazon for £1.99 (e-book) or £3.99 (paperback).

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Extracts from reviews:

The poet has a beautiful turn of phrase, using alliterative language that reminds me of Seamus Heaney . . . .This is an excellent book, nuanced, accessible, human. It’s full of powerful ideas and exquisite language. (Steve Griffin, Author of The Things We Thought Were Beautiful)

Barbara Lennox observes the natural world with loving and critical detail and analyses what she observes through the lens of a poet and a philosopher. She speaks of the profound and shows us illuminating flashes of the ghost in the machine, the spirit in all living things, the delicate balance of life and death, endurance and extinction, pure joy and bittersweet loss. . . . This is a book not to be missed by those who love poetry, and a book to launch a love of poetry for those who may have shied away before. (Sherry L Ross, Author of The Seeds of the Pomegranate)

Lyrical, eloquent, precise. It’s rare for a poetry collection to span all three but this one does, capturing the world and the landscape of the human heart both movingly and accurately.

Work in Progress

My next novel, provisionally entitled The Eagle in the North, is in the early planning stages. Like The Trystan Trilogy, it will be a historical novel set in Scotland, and will take place during the Roman campaign in Scotland in the late first century.

 

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