Published by Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton)
Available in Ebook, Audio and Hardback (3 September 2020) | Paperback (8 July 2021)
Congratulations and happy publication day to Jeremy Vine for his debut fiction novel, The Diver and the Lover which is based on a real painting and real events. To celebrate publication, on behalf of the publisher, I’m delighted to be able to offer a giveaway for a hardback copy to one lucky winner (sorry, UK only). Entry details are below, but first some book information.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Soaked in sunlight, love and the mysteries surrounding a famous artist The Diver and the Lover is a novel inspired by true events.
It is 1951 and sisters Ginny and Meredith have travelled from England to Spain in search of distraction and respite. The two wars have wreaked loss and deprivation upon the family and the spectre of Meredith’s troubled childhood continues to haunt them. Their journey to the rugged peninsula of Catalonia promises hope and renewal.
While there they discover the artist Salvador Dali is staying in nearby Port Lligat. Meredith is fascinated by modern art and longs to meet the famous surrealist.
Dali is embarking on an ambitious new work, but his headstrong male model has refused to pose. A replacement is found, a young American waiter with whom Ginny has struck up a tentative acquaintance.
The lives of the characters become entangled as family secrets, ego and the dangerous politics of Franco’s Spain threaten to undo the fragile bonds that have been forged.
A powerful story of love, sacrifice and the lengths we will go to for who – or what – we love.
‘Being transported to a Spanish summer in 1951… I feel the cool of the shadows under the trees and hear the sea as it glistens in the rippling heat. I think you might like it too!’ FERN BRITTON
‘A pacy, gripping tale of secrets, love and betrayal in 1950s Catalonia, written with skill and colour. It gave me enormous pleasure to read such a satisfying novel.’ SANTA MONTEFIORE
‘As colourful, rich and mesmerising as one of Dali’s paintings, this absorbing, poignant rollercoaster of a read is utterly satisfying and will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.’ PATRICIA SCANLAN
‘a tale of intrigue, love, politics and scandal. Mixing fact and fiction The Diver and The Lover keeps up the pace and excitement to the very end.’ JOAN BAKEWELL
‘This tale intrigued me and captured my imagination in equal measure. I loved being whisked back to the 1950s and felt the heat of the Spanish sun as I fell in love with the sisters’ unique relationship. Be prepared to be taken on a dramatic journey confronting pain, tragedy and passion along the way ‘ SARA COX
‘We’ll never look at one of the world’s best known paintings in the same way again. [Jeremy Vine] has managed to weave truth and fiction together to bring us a most unexpected love story.’ FIONA BRUCE
On behalf of the publisher, I’m delighted to offer a hardback copy of The Diver and the Lover to one winner. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to entrants aged 18 or over in the UK. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties with the exception of the winner’s details. This will passed to the publisher for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data I hold. My Reading Corner is not responsible for dispatch or delivery of the prize.a Rafflecopter giveaway
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Vine is one of the UK’s best-known broadcasters. He presents a weekday show on Radio 2, radio’s most popular news programme. He also presents Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, a daily current affairs programme, and he fronts Eggheads, one of the longest-running quiz shows in British TV history.
Jeremy is an accomplished journalist and writer and has previously published two works of non-fiction.
He lives in Chiswick with his wife and their two daughters.