Nigel Farndale

The Dictator’s Muse
  • The Dictator’s Muse

  • Set against the backdrop of the Berlin Olympics and the political turmoil of 1930s London, The Dictator's Muse is a novel about misdirected love, buried guilt, and how the truths and lies of the past reveal themselves.

    Kim Newlands is an English athlete 'sponsored' by the Blackshirts and devoted to his mercurial, socialite girlfriend Connie. His dream is to win gold at the Berlin Olympics but to do that, he must hide elements of his past.

    Alun Pryce is a Welsh communist who also has a great deal to hide. Having infiltrated the Blackshirts and befriended Kim and Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to the core.
    Leni Riefenstahl is the pioneering, sexually-liberated, film director who has been personally chosen by Hitler to film the Olympics, thereby adding to the glory of the Reich. But as Hitler's maniacal ascent continues, even those closest to him have much to fear.

    The fates of all three become entwined at the Olympics. For however much each one may have tried to shape the 'director's cut' of their life, the truth never stays buried for long...

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.

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