From the bestselling author of The Blasphemer, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and a Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick
is the early 1930s, and Europe is holding its breath. As Hitler's grip
on power tightens, preparations are being made for the Berlin Olympics.
is the pioneering, sexually-liberated star film-maker of the Third
Reich. She has been chosen by Hitler to capture the Olympics on
celluloid but is about to find that even his closest friends have much
to fear. Kim Newlands is the English athlete 'sponsored' by the
Blackshirts and devoted to his mercurial, socialite girlfriend Connie.
He is driven by a desire to win an Olympic gold but to do that he must
first pretend to be someone he is not. Alun Pryce is the Welsh
communist sent to infiltrate the Blackshirts. When he befriends Kim and
Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to
Through her camera lens and memoirs, Leni is able to
manipulate the truth about what happens when their fates collide at the
Olympics. But while some scenes from her life end up on the cutting room
floor, this does not mean they are lost forever...
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