Reviews

  • Lee’s powerful novel is an extraordinary performance: vividly written, painfully human and fully fleshing the inner lives of its characters.

    Sunday Times
  • High Dive did for the Brighton bombings what Garth Risk Hallberg's overhyped City on Fire attempted to do for the New York City blackout - it's a multivoiced epic that builds towards a stunning finale. I loved it.

    Alex Preston, Observer - Best Novels of 2015
  • Achingly good … Satisfyingly tricky when it comes to speeding up and slowing down, keeping readers off balance, teasing them about when what’s already irrevocable is actually going to happen … At his best – and he is at it often – Lee displays a nimble metaphysical wit and a verbal ingenuity on a par with Martin Amis … In High Dive, the ticktock means more than the boom… The novel’s last, almost whispered word about the bombing’s carnage is left to stand among the most devastating observations ever made about terrorism: “Someone had considered this fair”. It is Jonathan Lee’s great achievement to have written, on this of all subjects, one of the gentlest novels in memory.

    The New Yorker
  • Jonathan Lee [is] a wordsmith of incomparable eloquenceHigh Dive is a work of serious and thoughtful integrity.

    Independent
  • An ingenious and original mixture of the domestic and the political, set in the days leading up to the Brighton bombing of 1984. At its heart is a father-and-daughter relationship that feels uncannily real and wonderfully touching.

    David Nicholls, Observer, Summer Reads

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