High Dive

High Dive

Book - 2016
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In September 1984, a bomb was planted at the Grand Hotel in the seaside town of Brighton, England, set to explode in twenty-four days when the British prime minister and her entire cabinet would be staying there. High Dive not only takes us inside this audacious assassination attempt--a decisive act of violence on the world stage--but also imagines its way into a group of unforgettable characters. Nimbly weaving together fact and fiction, comedy and tragedy, the story switches among the perspectives of Dan, a young IRA explosives expert; Moose, a former star athlete gone to seed, who is now the deputy hotel manager; and Freya, his teenage daughter, trying to decide what comes after high school. Over the course of a mere four weeks, as the prime minister's arrival draws closer, each of their lives will be transformed forever.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016, c2015.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101874592
Branch Call Number: FIC Lee
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jan 21, 2018

I would prefer to get this book, High Dive/ Lee, in Large Print if it is available

Ed Ellis/ South Bend

athompson10 Feb 25, 2017

Good book about a real-life IRA assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher. The book starts out as darkly humorous, but as the plot picks up speed and each of the main characters gets more enmeshed in personal crises, the mood turns dark, sad, bitter and sometimes hopeless.

Jul 02, 2016

This book is not about the bombing of the Tory Convention in 1984 in Brighton and failed assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher but rather the event serves merely as the backdrop to the story of a middle-aged assistant hotel manager, his daughter, and a young IRA recruit. In terms of politics, there is only a short chapter in which the IRA man's mother expresses her views on the likely outcome of events. |

Nov 15, 2015

Absorbing and a beautifully written fictional account of the real life bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton targeting Margaret Thatcher. It is taken from the perspective of some of the hotel staff and one of the bombers. You can see the radicalisation of a young man take place and understand it but terrorist acts always take innocent lives.

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