Robert Harris is the author of eight bestselling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost, Lustrum and The Fear Index. Several of his books have been filmed, most recently The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, west Berkshire, with his wife Gill Hornby and a fluctuating number of children.
In 2014 he was inducted into the CWA Hall of Fame.
The first rocket will take five minutes to hit London. You have six minutes to stop the second. Rudi Graf used to dream of sending a rocket to the moon. Instead, he has helped create the world's most sophisticated weapon: the V2 ballistic missile, capable of delivering a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound. In a desperate gamble to avoid defeat in the winter of 1944, Hitler orders ten thousand to be built. Haunted and disillusioned, Graf - who understands the volatile, deadly machine better than anyone - is tasked with firing these lethal 'vengeance weapons' at London. Kay Caton-Walsh is an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and a survivor of a V2 strike. As the rockets devastate London, she joins a unit of WAAFs on a mission to newly liberated Belgium. Armed with little more than a slide rule and a few equations, Kay and her colleagues will attempt to locate and destroy the launch sites. But at this stage in the war it's hard to know who, if anyone, you can trust. As the death toll soars, Graf and Kay fight their grim, invisible war - until one final explosion of violence causes their destinies to collide.
Dusk is gathering as a young priest, Christopher Fairfax, rides across a silent land. It's a crime to be out after dark, and Fairfax knows he must arrive at his destination - a remote village in the wilds of Exmoor - before night falls and curfew is imposed. He's lost and he's becoming anxious as he slowly picks his way across a countryside strewn with the ancient artefacts of a civilisation that seems to have ended in cataclysm. What Fairfax cannot know is that, in the days and weeks to come, everything he believes in will be tested to destruction, as he uncovers a secret that is as dangerous as it is terrifying ...
All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.
September 1938 Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style, careful plotting and cranked up tension leave you breathlessly turning the pages. It is a strange story of a government concealing the truth and the lengths it will go to do so. Fabrication, deceit, cover-up and the dark underworld of spying are masterfully portrayed. We see the whole sorry tale through the eyes of Georges Picquart, originally Dreyfus’ colleague and tutor. His pursuit of the truth through his own court martial and later trial is surprisingly tense given that this is based on fact and we know the ending. So the tension is not in the outcome but in the execution. The court scenes are particularly impressive. It is one of the most extraordinary cases that changed the course of French history. It is difficult to comprehend that something so small had such a huge effect on a nation.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. Robert Harris' latest book is gripping, compelling and unsettlingly a little too close to the truth. Set entirely over the course of a single day, The Fear Index follows the genius owner of an incredibly successful, computer controlled, hedge fund in his quest to find out who is trying to destroy him, even as the world's financial markets head for collapse. CWA Judges' comment: “Highly readable account of a scientist who once worked on the Hadron Collider and now runs a hedge fund. Intriguingly ambiguous take on the Frankenstein story.”
March 2013 Guest Editor Charles Cumming on The Ghost... Probably the best thriller I’ve read in the last ten years, Harris’s story about a ghostwriter hired to pen the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister is both a gripping mystery and a thinly-veiled attack on Tony Blair and the legacy of Iraq. The Lovereading view... Harris is a brilliant thriller writer and the topicality of this book makes for an even better thriller full of twists turns and a real feeling of being in the inner circles of government.
A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? All along the coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only one man is worried. The engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct which brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile main line - somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Attilius - decent, practical, incorruptible - promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces which even the world's only superpower can't control. Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.
Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy.The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master's secrets - a dangerous position to be in.From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.
The New York Times bestselling classic of alternate history, a murder mystery set in a world where the Nazis won World War IIfor fans ofThe Plot Against AmericaandThe Man in the High Castle Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals, and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States.As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's seventy-fifth birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from U.S. president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh,a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with the American journalist Charlotte Maguire, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the trutha truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.Praise for Fatherland ';A singular achievement displaying original and carefully wrought suspense . . . Fatherland easily transcends convention.'The Washington Post ';A solid thriller, vividly imagined and genuinely frightening.'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ';Ingenious . . . a triumph . . . suspenseful and elegant.'San Francisco Chronicle ';A dazzler . . . fast-paced . . . Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction.'Detroit Free Press ';Absorbing . . . expertly written.'The New York Times Book Review ';Truly captivating.'Robert Ludlum ';A strong premise for a police thriller with rich foreign atmosphere and political texture galore? Absolutely!'Entertainment Weekly ';A sly and scary page-turner.'Los Angeles Times ';A well-plotted, well-written detective tale and a fascinating trek through parallel history.'Chicago Tribune ';Fatherland works on all levels. It's a triumph.'The Washington Times ';Distinguished by vivid details based on impeccable research, the thriller is a crackling-good read in the le Carre tradition.'Time ';Wonderful.'Newsday ';A gripping detective story as well as a chilling visit to the Germany that might have been. It is so plausibly written it seems quite real. Robert Harris is a name to watch for.'BookPage
Avtor bestsellerov "e;EHnigma"e; i "e;Faterlyand"e; na ehtot raz predlagaet nam krutoj detektiv, v kotorom lyudskoe chestolyubie brosaet vyzov vlasti Gospodnej. Umiraet papa rimskij, i na ego mesto pretenduyut neskol'ko kandidatov. Organizovat' i provesti konklav po vyboru novogo papy porucheno YAkopo Lomeli, dekanu Kollegii kardinalov. Vybor truden, ne kazhdyj iz pretenduyushchih na Svyatoj prestol svetel i chist dushoyu, a nekotorye iz nih gotovy radi vlasti na lyuboe zlodejstvo. K tomu zhe vyyasnyaetsya, chto i prezhnij papa byl daleko ne angel
Soon to be a Netflix film starring Jeremy Irons _________________________ MUNICH, SEPTEMBER 1938 Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. They will meet in a city which forever afterwards will be known for what is about to take place. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams south, two young men travel with their leaders. Once friends in a more peaceful time, they are now on opposing sides. As Europe's darkest hour approaches, the fate of millions could depend on them - and on the secrets they're hiding. Treason. Betrayal. Murder. Is any price too high for peace? _________________________ 'Unputdownable to the point of being dangerous' Sunday Express 'So good you want to clap' The Times _________________________ Now available: V2, Robert Harris's latest historical thriller
___________________________________ 'Immersive' Guardian 'Stunning' Daily Express 'Riveting' Telegraph ____________________________________ Victory is close. Vengeance is closer. Rudi Graf used to dream of sending a rocket to the moon. Instead, he has helped to create the world's most sophisticated weapon: the V2 ballistic missile, capable of delivering a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound. In a desperate gamble to avoid defeat in the winter of 1944, Hitler orders ten thousand to be built. Graf is tasked with firing these lethal 'vengeance weapons' at London. Kay Caton-Walsh is an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force who joins a unit of WAAFs on a mission to newly liberated Belgium. Armed with little more than a slide rule and a few equations, Kay and her colleagues will attempt to locate and destroy the launch sites. As the death toll soars, Graf and Kay fight their grim, invisible war - until one final explosion of violence causes their destinies to collide ... 'A riveting read with a corker of a twist' Daily Telegraph 'Supremely readable' Observer 'Delivers one hell of a punch' Express 'Captures the real nature of war. Gripping' Ben MacIntyre
______________________________ 'One of the great triumphs of contemporary historical literature.' The Times ______________________________ WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR 'Laws are silent in times of war.' Cicero One of the great epics of political and historical fiction, The Cicero Trilogy charts the career of the Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero from his mid-twenties as an ambitious young lawyer to his dramatic death more than thirty years later, pursued by an assassination squad on a cliff-top path. The extraordinary life that unfolds between these two episodes is recounted by Cicero's private secretary, Tiro: the law cases and the speeches that made his master's name; the elections and conspiracies he fought; the rivals who contended for power around him - Pompey, Crassus, Cato, Clodius, Catalina, and, most menacingly, Caesar; and, at the heart of it all, the complex personality of Cicero himself - brilliant, cunning, duplicitous, anxious, brave, and always intensely humane. More than ten years in the writing, and now published in a single volume for the first time, The Cicero Trilogy brings the world of the Roman republic vividly to life. Here is its grandeur, ambition and corruption; and here is its tumultuous collapse into dictatorship and anarchy - a story of the fragility of democratic institutions that holds a warning for our own time.
THE LATEST NOVEL FROM ROBERT HARRIS: chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, and Express WHAT IF YOUR FUTURE LIES IN THE PAST? _____________________________________ 'One word: wonderful. Two words: compulsive reading. Three words: buy it tomorrow. Four words: tonight, if it's possible.' STEPHEN KING 'A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Genuinely thrilling.' DAILY TELEGRAPH _____________________________________ Dusk is gathering as a young priest, Christopher Fairfax, rides across a silent land. It's a crime to be out after dark, and Fairfax knows he must arrive at his destination - a remote village in the wilds of Exmoor - before night falls and curfew is imposed. He's lost and he's becoming anxious as he slowly picks his way across a countryside strewn with the ancient artefacts of a civilisation that seems to have ended in cataclysm. What Fairfax cannot know is that, in the days and weeks to come, everything he believes in will be tested to destruction, as he uncovers a secret that is as dangerous as it is terrifying ... _____________________________________ '[Harris] takes us on a thrilling ride while serving up serious food for thought.' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'A truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really.' EVENING STANDARD 'The book's real power lies in its between-the-lines warning that our embrace of the internet represents some kind of sleepwalk into oblivion. It's a provocative, tub-thumping sci-fi of which H. G. Wells might have been proud.' DAILY MAIL 'Harris' latest work intelligently warps historical fiction and tackles issues of religion, science and the apocalypse in the process. As he flexes his imagination, you will be left pondering as often as you are page-turning.' HERALD 'A brilliantly imaginative thriller' READER'S DIGEST NOW PRE-ORDER ROBERT'S NEW THRILLER V2 - COMING AUTUMN 2020
Kankan Keita became the tenth Emperor of Mali, and by his strong military he ruled twelve regions and twenty-four states in West Africa. He enhance the kingdom, improved the Federation and rebuilt a country. But where there is glory, doomed is not far. He had conquest with invasion after invasion, but one adversary he was unable to conquer.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Selling Hitler by Robert Harris, read by David Rintoul.Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler.What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for world-wide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story. . .
From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938.Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance--here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier--at the heart of an electrifying, unputdownable novel.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FATHERLAND, CONCLAVE AND AN OFFICER AND A SPY. September 1938 Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace. The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience? NOMINATED FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Franciya, 1890-e gody. Sotrudnik francuzskoj specsluzhby kapitan Al'fred Drejfus ob"e;yavlen osobo opasnym prestupnikom, podvergnut grazhdanskoj kazni i soslan na tropicheskij ostrov v Atlanticheskom okeane. Oficial'noe obvinenie - shpionazh v pol'zu Germanii. ZHorzh Pikar, byvshij nastavnik Drejfusa, a zatem nachal'nik odnogo iz otdelov departamenta razvedki, vedet sobstvennoe rassledovanie ehtogo protivorechivogo dela, k tomu zhe otkrovenno okrashennogo v nacionalisticheskie tona. Glavnyj obvinitel'nyj material protiv Drejfusa - tainstvennaya sekretnaya papka yakoby soderzhashchaya vse neobhodimye dokazatel'stva. Vot ee-to i nado najti Pikaru, chtoby pokazat' miru nevinovnost' svoego podopechnogo.
The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.
This epic trilogy by Robert Harris includes his bestselling novels: Imperium, Lustrum and DictatorImperium - Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, Imperium takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable - fought to reach the top.Lustrum - From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.Dictator - Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable collection from a master storyteller.
THE POWER OF GOD. THE AMBITION OF MEN.***SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.________________Munich, Robert Harris's new spy thriller set in the days leading up to World War II, is available now.________________'Unputdownable' Guardian 'Gripping' Sunday Times
Imperium . . . Conspirata . . . and now Dictatorthe long-awaited final volume of Robert Harris's magnificent Ancient Rome Trilogy At the age of forty-eight, Cicerothe greatest orator of his timeis in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, ';While there is life, there is hope.'By promising to support Caesarhis political enemyhe is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence: first in the law courts, then in the Senate, and finally by the power of his pen, until at last, for one brief and glorious period, he is again the preeminent statesman in the city. Even so, no public figure, however brilliant and cunning, is completely safeguarded against the unscrupulous ambition and corruption of others.Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in ancient historythe collapse of the Roman Republic and the subsequent civil war, the murder of Pompey, the assassination of Julius Caesar. But the central problem it presents is a timeless one: how to keep political freedom unsullied by personal ambition, vested interests, and the erosive effects of ceaseless, senseless foreign wars. In Robert Harris's indelible portrait, Cicero attempts to answer this question with both his thoughts and his deeds, becoming a herobrilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately braveboth for his own time and for ours.From the Hardcover edition.