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A major new novel from one of Britains brightest literary stars
In September 1984, a man calling himself Roy Walsh checked into The Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, and planted a bomb in room 629. The device, set on a long delay timer that pushed the limits of engineering skill at that time, was primed to explode in twenty-four days, six hours and six minutes, when intelligence had confirmed that Margaret Thatcher and her whole cabinet would be staying in the hotel.
Taking us inside one of the twentieth-centurys most ambitious assassination attempts-making history personal, as one character puts it-Lees novel moves between the luxurious hospitality of a British tourist town and the troubled city of Belfast, Ireland, at the height of the armed struggle between the Irish Republican Army and those loyal to the UK government.
Jonathan Lee has been described as a British writer on the cusp of greatness-in supple prose that makes room for laughter as well as tears, his third novel, Brighton Heights is a darkly intimate portrait of how the ordinary unfolds into tragedy.
About the Author: Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee was born in 1981 in Surrey. His first novel, Who is Mr Satoshi?, was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011 and shortlisted for an MJA Open Book Award 2011. His second novel, Joy, published in 2013, was shortlisted for the Encore Award. The BBCs Culture Show programme recently featured him as being one of Britains best new novelists. He lives in New York.