Nigel Farndale is the author of The Blasphemer, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Novel Award. His previous books include Haw-Haw- The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Biography Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He was born and raised in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives on the Hampshire-Sussex border with his wife and their three sons.
[A] riveting novel... a fast-paced, brilliantly constructed thriller, in which the fates of the three young British protagonists hang in the balance at the end of every chapter. The period detail is as sharply focussed as one of Riefenstahl's own films. * A. N. Wilson, SPECTATOR * [A] richly evocative historical novel. * THE TIMES * Fascinating... Farndale's panoramic view of pre-war German society on the verge of irreparable change is persuasively evoked. * THE OBSERVER * A novel rich in historical detail, but wearing its research lightly, and the story is told in a French Lieutenant's Woman kind of way, veering from the present to the past with superb flair. With the rise of the alt right again polluting our democracies, this novel has an uncomfortable prescience, with a plot twist at the end which is ingenious. * IRISH INDEPENDENT * Enthralling... profound and moving, this is a beautifully written evocation of turbulent times. * DAILY EXPRESS / DAILY MIRROR *