Annabel Lyon crafts prose that has been nominated for a slew of awards and has earned her a reputation as a deft literary stylist. In Lyon’s novel The Golden Mean, a Scotia Giller Prize finalist, Aristotle narrates his time spent mentoring King Philip’s son, the boy who would become known for all of history as Alexander the Great. Fearful of the boy’s appetite for conquest, the great philosopher tries to impart in him the wisdom of choosing a middle path between extremes.
“Annabel Lyon’s Aristotle is the most fully realized historical character in contemporary fiction. The Golden Mean engenders in the reader the same helpless sensitivity to the ferocious beauty of the world that is Aristotle’s disease. In this alarmingly confident and transporting debut novel, Lyon offers us that rarest of treats: a book about philosophy, about the power of ideas, that chortles and sings like an earthy romance.” (2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury)
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Probably better in print than audio