“I’m a Noun Geek”: Jonathan Lee on Historical Memory, Literary Duels, and the Making of “High Dive”

High Dive, the latest novel from Jonathan Lee, is a beautifully rendered portrait of lives headed toward disaster. The disaster is the 1984 bombing of The Grand Hotel, in Brighton, England, during the annual conference of the Conservative Party, with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in attendance. Thatcher survived, but five others were killed and thirty-one were injured. The IRA claimed responsibility. One of its members, Patrick Magee, served fourteen years in prison for his part in the attack, but there […]

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