Wednesday 26 August 2020

The Diver and the Lover by Jeremy Vine @theJeremyVine BLOG TOUR @CoronetBooks @hodderbooks #Win #Competition #Giveaway @JennyPlatt90

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.

The Diver and the Lover by Jeremy Vine is published in hardback on 3 September 2020 by Coronet / Hodder. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and who invited me to take part on this Blog Tour.

I am not publishing my full review of The Diver and the Lover here on the blog today. I've read it and I've loved it and my review will be published in the Daily Express around publication date.

However, I will say that I absolutely adored this story. I was transfixed by the writing, by the characters and by the plot line. It's more than a love story, it is an intriguing and wonderfully created tale immersed in history and based upon real life characters. I can heartily recommend it.

I'm delighted to be able to offer two readers the chance to read this book too. I have two hardback copies to give away.
Entry is simple; please just fill out the competition widget in this post.
UK Entries only please.


Two Hardback copies of The Diver and the Lover by Jeremy Vine

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.

Twitter @theJeremyVine


'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

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