Daniel, at sea

“…a novel in the great tradition – it unerringly evokes entire worlds and periods, through which the characters, wrestling with their own complexities,  move towards love… An astonishingly mature, many-layered and irresistibly sympathetic account of  real human lives lived out in the dark shadow of  one of the twentieth century’s most repressive regimes.” Simon Callow

“A beautifully written novel that gently pulls you into the hearts, the worlds and the experiences of the characters. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. ” Michael Cashman

Now an audiobook read by Simon Callow, available from all major audiobook platforms.

Today in many countries around the world, the persecution of LGBTQ people is on the rise. Countries where acceptance was starting to gain ground are rolling back their laws. We must never be complacent and we must keep fighting for each life and love to survive.

The lives of two young lovers are torn apart under Franco’s brutal dictatorship in 1960s Barcelona. Half a century later, Daniel must face the truth about the terrifying ending of this passionate love affair and whether everything in his life until that moment may have been a lie.

Following the death of his wife and the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy, retired professor Daniel Sale, the last of a wealthy Connecticut family, wonders whether it is too late for him to live, or love, again.

The storm of oppression which nearly destroys Daniel’s life still rages under authoritarian regimes around the world today where gay men are tortured, imprisoned and even stoned to death. Haunted by the suicide of his first lover, Philip Dundas weaves a tale of forbidden love and suppressed desire in a narrative based on true events in the recent lgbtq+ history of Spain.

This is an unfolding tale of an old man who, having become lost in the world, suddenly learns that life can begin at any time and that true love is never to be found where you expect it. It is both an elegy for a lifetime of grief and a celebration of the importance of being true to ourselves.