‘The lives of the characters get entangled in this powerful read’ WOMAN’S OWN ‘A pacy, gripping tale… written with skill and colour. It gave me enormous pleasure to read such a satisfying novel.’ SANTA MONTEFIORE ‘If you’re in desperate need of a far-flung getaway, indulge in this slice of escapist fiction’ HEAT
‘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.’ FERN BRITTON ‘This absorbing, poignant rollercoaster of a read is utterly satisfying and will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.’ PATRICIA SCANLAN ‘Keeps up the pace and excitement to the very end.’ JOAN BAKEWELL
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.