The Dictator’s Muse

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 24 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 24 Jun 2021

Talking about this book? Use #TheDictatorsMuse #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

From the bestselling author of The Blasphemer, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and a Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick

'A masterly exploration of conflicting loyalties set against the 1936 Olympic Games. Sharply characterised, richly atmospheric and completely engrossing.'
JOHN PRESTON, author of THE DIG

It is the early 1930s, and Europe is holding its breath. As Hitler's grip on power tightens, preparations are being made for the Berlin Olympics. Leni Riefenstahl is the pioneering, sexually-liberated star film-maker of the Third Reich. She has been chosen by Hitler to capture the Olympics on celluloid but is about to find that even his closest friends have much to fear. Kim Newlands is the English athlete 'sponsored' by the Blackshirts and devoted to his mercurial, socialite girlfriend Connie. He is driven by a desire to win an Olympic gold but to do that he must first pretend to be someone he is not. Alun Pryce is the Welsh communist sent to infiltrate the Blackshirts. When he befriends Kim and Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to the core.

Through her camera lens and memoirs, Leni is able to manipulate the truth about what happens when their fates collide at the Olympics. But while some scenes from her life end up on the cutting room floor, this does not mean they are lost forever...

PRAISE FOR THE BLASPHEMER:

'A great achievement...remarkable.' Melvyn Bragg

'A book that won't leave your fingernails intact' Daily Mail

'A fine novel...unforgettable.' The Times

'Beautiful...exhilarating.' Sunday Telegraph

'A constantly engaging and witty novel from a tremendously clever writer.' Telegraph

From the bestselling author of The Blasphemer, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and a Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick

'A masterly exploration of conflicting loyalties set against the 1936 Olympic...


Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9780857527172
PRICE £16.99 (GBP)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Send To Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 34 members


Readers who liked this book also liked: