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High diveby Jonathan Lee (Heinemann, £16.99)

“There are large gaps in what is known about the bombing of the Grand Hotel,” writes Jonathan Lee in the afterword to High Dive, his third novel, “and I have tried, over the last few years, to imagine myself into those gaps.”

The gap that Lee exploits most audaciously is the possibility that a second, uncaught IRA man might have helped Patrick Magee plant a bomb in Room 629 of the Brighton Grand Hotel, six weeks before it hosted the 1984 Conservative conference. Into this gap he…

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