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Nigel Farndale is a columnist and feature writer for the Sunday Telegraph and has won a British Press Award for his interviews. He lives in London. This is his fourth book.
1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for 'conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for 're-education' in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences. 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double - his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father? As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.
One of our Debuts of the Year 2011. One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A dual narrative novel of World War I and today where two men face impossible odds. It all revolves around the possible discovery of the ending to Mahler’s unfinished symphony and the lengths an obsessed individual will go to acquire it. This contrasts with the horrors of the war in an epic novel, atmospheric with guardian angels, science, love and cowardice bound into some very human stories, highly satisfactory. January 2011 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2010. Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A novel of remarkable ambition that reads like a thriller. Strange, unforgettable and morally courageous." The Lovereading view... The Blasphemer is a story about conditional love, cowardice and the possibility of redemption - and what happens to a man of science when forced to question his certainties. It is a novel of rare depth, empathy and ambition that sweeps from the trenches of the First World War to the terrorist-besieged streets of London today: a novel that will speak to the head as well as the heart of any reader. He had always been scared of flying. With echoes of Birdsong it reads at the pace of a thriller.
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2010.Costa Book Awards 2010 Judges' comment: "A novel of remarkable ambition that reads like a thriller. Strange, unforgettable and morally courageous."
Short listed for the Whitbread Biography Award. A compelling biography of the extraordinary lives of William and Margaret Joyce. William Joyce - Lord Haw Haw - was hanged as a traitor in Wandsworth Prison in September 1945, the last man to be executed in this country under the Treason Act of 1695. Haw Haw tells of the Joyce's pro-Nazi broadcasting during the Second World War, explores the complexities of their tempestuous marriage and examines previously unpublished material including recently declassified Secret Service files. Absolutely fascinating.
1949, the beginning of the Cold War: Lt-Cdr John Kerans, stuck in a desk job In Nanking, is suddenly called upon by the Admiralty to go to the rescue of a naval frigate, HMS Amethyst, which has been caught in the crossfire of the Chinese civil war...In this thrilling account of the 'Yangtse Incident', Nigel Farndale captures all the excitement that surrounded Kerans's unexpected hour of glory - and all the polgnancy of his inevitable later fall from grace.