Book Giveaway | Greene Lyon


We are very pleased to be giving away two copies of Alan Goodwin’s book ‘Greene Lyon’, to our GrownUps members.

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About Greene Lyon

A beautifully imagined novel that considers what might have happened in Isaac Newton’s apple orchard. This is fiction at its most compelling.

Isaac Newton was a man driven by a passion to unlock the secrets of the universe. But those were God’s secrets, and in the 1660s, England was a dangerous place for a young scholar who dared to challenge God’s supremacy – a world that also believed in the devil and the power of magic.

But Isaac’s quest to understand the universe would not be silenced, even when tempted by darker impulses and a passion for Alice Cutler, whose life is threatened by a disciple of the Witchfinder General. A desperate Isaac, a seeker of knowledge but also a young man in love and fearing his life is falling apart, is driven to scientific creation and choices with fatal outcomes.

This beautifully imagined novel examines one of our great historical myths and follows Newton’s path to becoming the Greene Lyon, alchemy’s symbolic creature who devours the sun. A compelling story that explores the tensions between the thirst for knowledge and the consequences of desire, Greene Lyon will haunt you long after the apple has fallen from the tree.

Historical Note

The Greene Lyon was a mythical creature that devoured the sun. Early alchemists and astrologers, such as Isaac Newton – those who were what we now call “scientists” – aspired to become the Greene Lyon by attaining ultimate knowledge of the workings of the world and our then-known universe.

About the Author

Born in England in 1963, Alan Goodwin was educated at Friends’ School, a Quaker school, in Saffron Walden, Essex, before taking a degree in Social Science. When qualified as a solicitor, he practised Criminal and Family law in West London.

In 1994 Alan emigrated to New Zealand and worked for many years at Corban Revell Lawyers in West Auckland where he became a managing partner of the firm. From 2011 to 2016 he worked as a barrister specialising in Family law, acting for parties and working as a Lawyer for Children. Over the years he presented at legal seminars and conferences. In 2016 Alan was appointed as a District Court Judge, sitting in the Family and Criminal courts in Manukau, Auckland.

Writing has been Alan’s passion since he was a teenager; he is also an avid reader with an enduring love of both fiction and non-fiction, especially history and biography. He has a particular interest in science, its history and impact on the way we live.

When not reading and writing, or enjoying family time, Alan is a keen follower of sports, especially football (he is a lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur) and has also coached over the years.

Greene Lyon is Alan’s second novel. His previous publications are the bestselling novel Gravity’s Chain, published in Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins, and the non-fiction book Working with Psychologists, co-authored with Llewelyn Richards-Ward.


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    2. Competition closes on the 21st July 2024, winners will be notified via email by 22nd July 2024.
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