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  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473578388
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Dictator’s Muse




Set in the run-up to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and featuring the enigmatic figure of the film-maker Leni Riefenstahl - 'Hitler's muse' - a story about love, secrets and betrayal from the author of the Costa shortlisted novel, The Blasphemer.

'We all invent ourselves one way or another...'

Set against the backdrop of the Berlin Olympics and the political turmoil of 1930s London, Leni and The Englishman 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. Alun Pryce is a Welsh communist with an unshakable belief that the end justifies the means. Their fates become entwined after an accident befalls Connie — and both men make decisions they will come to regret.

Leni Riefenstahl, the pioneering, sexually-liberated, star film director of the Third Reich, is, as her critics say, ‘as pretty as a swastika’. She is also having to make some hard choices but is able to limit the damage they do to her reputation by shaping events in the way she wants them shaped. But while some scenes from her life have ended up on the cutting room floor, that doesn’t mean they are lost forever.

Seventy years later, German film historian Sigrun Meier discovers a missing filmclip that will lead her to a long-buried secret that involves not only Leni, but also Alun and Kim. And perhaps Leni always knew that, one day, this would happen. That someone would come along and complete the final ‘director’s cut’ of her life.

  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473578388
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Nigel Farndale

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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