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James Lawless
Author, Translator, Contributor
For Love of Anna

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

When university student Guido van Thool accidentally bumps into the beautiful ballerina Anna Zweig in Loti’s café, it sets them off on a whirlwind romance of ballet concerts, anti-globalisation marches and love trysts in bluebell woods. Even when Guido is called away for military service, time can’t test their faithfulness, as they keep their passion warm with love letters. Paralleling their lives, however, is that of Judge Jeremiah Delahyde, a profligate positioned in power by his crony, the government minister Bartholomew Smythe. These parallel lives collide on New Year’s Eve when the drunken judge knocks Anna down in his car with fatal consequences. Guido swears revenge. But how does one retaliate against a corrupt and powerful, politically-appointed high court judge?
Some Reviews of For Love of Anna

Some reviews of For Love of Anna

“It is a love story crossed with a political thriller. The lovers are student Guido van Thool and ballerina Anna Zweig, She introduces him not just to love but to political activism also. The other character in the novel is a corrupt judge, Jeremiah Delahyde. When the drunken judge knocks down and kills Anna on New Year’s Eve, it seems the law cannot or will not touch him but Guido sets out to get revenge.”

from Books Ireland, May 2012.

Reviews from Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Page-Turner!,23 Nov 2009


Catherine CooneySee all my reviews

This review is from: For Love of Anna (Paperback)

For Love of Anna is a literary page-turner, full of suspense and beautifully written. An original, deep and thought-provoking novel. Its resonance lingered with me long after I had finished reading it.

5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a romance story,3 Jan 2013


NeilSee all my reviews

This review is from: For the Love of Anna (Kindle Edition)

This was the third James Lawless book I read and the more I read, the more impressed I am with his works. He has an insight that perhaps many of us, although are subconsciously aware, do not focus on in our daily lives until a book such as this highlights them. It then becomes thought provoking and is all the better for it.

Following a recommendation to read I did hesitate before committing time to it as I am not a “romance” reader as a rule but was persuaded to do so by other factors, It ultimately became a decision I did not regret and found it hard to put down to do what I really needed to do.

The novel touches on political corruption, a subject that always strikes a chord with me and some key aspects of the judicial system that we, in the west, hold so dearly. How accurate these reflections are I am not certain but I would speculate they are possibly not too far from the truth of actual happenings at some point, only with a little added and taken away to keep on the right side of the law.

Superbly written James and very well done from me. You have not converted me in to a romantic themed novel reader but you have demonstrated that a book really should never be judged by its cover, there is more to some story lines that first meets the eye.

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read novel,2 Jan 2013


Nur M. IqbalSee all my reviews

This review is from: For the Love of Anna (Kindle Edition)

Beautifully and successfully written. “FOR THE LOVE OF ANNA is a nicely paced novel that pulls at the readers’ heartstrings.

While I do not normally read “romance” novels, I can understand why they can really be touching and thought provoking even for male readers. The novel contains both politics and romance, and is superbly put together by the author’s deft hand.

A big cheer for Mr. Lawless. Really superb writing and a novel than may convert me yet into a reader of romance, except perhaps those of Mills and Boon.

5.0 out of 5 stars For Love of Anna,17 Nov 2009


Therese WoodburnSee all my reviews

This review is from: For Love of Anna (Paperback)

Apart from being a moving love story, For Love of Anna is a must-read book for the times we live in, with its deep questions about our capitalist norms and the ambiguous morality of some of our righteous leaders.

5.0 out of 5 stars Love at first read January 18, 2013

By Sara Hadi

Format:Kindle Edition

For the love of Anna has made me love the way Lawless tells a story, and led me to read two more of his books (Finding Penelope and The Avenue), and I won’t be stopping here. When I read Lawless I feel like the time when I was in college and a single Grisham novel was never enough, and you had to get your hands on another just as you were finished with one. Of course, I’m not comparing the authors, but only stating that Lawless is one master of a storyteller!In For the Love of Anna, Lawless incorporates into a simple boy meets girls plot, a deeper aspect of our world’s gentry that is mixed in white collar offense. A look into what power does to people, and what people can do to get that power. How a single turn of events can create a chain reaction of enormous proportions and lead even the simplest of people to do the unthinkable.What happens when the very people who are chosen by us to uphold the law, break it and cause insufferable pain? And what happens when those very people try to bend the law that they make themselves only so they can get away with the punishment that comes with committing the crime. And would you really blame the people whose lives are singularly affected by the crime, when they take the law into their own hands after such injustice is done. Ask yourself all these questions while reading this book and all the grey shades of our law system and the law holders start to become apparent.

4.0 out of 5 stars another interesting romantic plot 28 Jan 2013

By retoricyard


I have always been a fan of romantic novels. Whether it has a classical, medieval, modern or futuristic theme it does not really matter as long as the book is able to pull that emotional string in me. This book “For love of Anna” was my first read from author James Lawless and I am telling you, this novel has more to it than what its cover suggests. The story does not entirely root itself to the romance between the main characters but it focuses on the vengeful desire of one of them that survived. Political corruption is vividly depicted in the story and the struggle for power by corrupt individuals. These issues are seldom found in romantic novels so it made my read more interesting. James clearly knows what and for whom he is writing for.

For Love of Anna translated into Spanish

For Love of Anna has been translated into Spanish by Vicente Abella as Por Amor a Anna in epub.

New edition of For Love of Anna

For Love of Anna is my second novel and was originally published in 2009. It is heartening to know its relevance is valued and it is still in demand, prompting this new edition. There are three main strands running through it. Firstly, it may be read as a poignant love story — Anna is a ballerina with whom the main protagonist, the university student, Guido van Thool, falls in love. But Anna is also an acronym for Anarchists of the New Age, which brings us to the second dimension of the novel as an ideological story positing ideas in the mind of the philosophy student Guido, in the wake of the collapse of Russian communism and the dilution of oppositional politics, on what alternatives there are to the all-devouring monolith of corporate capitalism. Anna wants to steer Guido away from this sort of 'dangerous' thinking, but his friend, the anarchist Philippe, keeps goading him. Paralleling the lives of the lovers is that of a corrupt judge, Jeremiah Delahyde (the third strand) who literally crashes into the world of Guido and Anna on a fatal New Year's night.


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