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Henry Porter - Author

About the Author

Henry Porter has written for most national broadsheet newspapers. He was editor of the Atticus column on the Sunday Times, moving to set up the Sunday Correspondent magazine in 1988. He contributes commentary and reportage to the Guardian, Observer, Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph. He is the British editor of the American magazine Vanity Fair and divides his time between New York and London.

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Other books by Henry Porter

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2019

The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD) 'An espionage master' CHARLES CUMMING 'Timely and terrific' MICK HERRON on Firefly 'Epic ... remarkable ... his best book yet' Sunday Times on Firefly Aid worker Anastasia Christakos is driving through Calabria to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by her husband, billionaire Denis Hisami, when she slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises it is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers drug her. Hours later she wakes up on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for and will kill for again. But Hisami's time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him, and the US authorities have jailed him for possible past terrorist activities. For all his wealth, he is powerless to save his wife. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He's the obvious choice. There's only one snag. Samson was, and probably still is, in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami - or himself?

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2019

The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD) 'An espionage master' CHARLES CUMMING 'Timely and terrific' MICK HERRON On a deserted road in Calabria, Greek aid worker Anastasia Cristakos is driving alone to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by billionaire Denis Hisami whom she has recently married. She slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises they are not her friends. This is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers silence her with a powerful drug. Hours later she wakes up in the pitch dark on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for and will kill for again. But Hisami can do nothing to save his wife. His time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him. The US authorities have seized his passport and jailed him for possible terrorist activities in the past. For all his wealth, he is powerless. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He's the obvious choice. There's only one snag. Samson was, and probably still is, in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami - or himself?

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

White Hot Silence an absolutely gripping read from the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The stunning new thriller from 'the proud carrier of the flag first unfurled by John le Carre' (LEE CHILD) 'An espionage master' CHARLES CUMMING 'Timely and terrific' MICK HERRON On a deserted road in Calabria, Greek aid worker Anastasia Cristakos is driving alone to visit one of the new refugee centres funded by billionaire Denis Hisami whom she has recently married. She slows down to greet two African migrants she recognises. Too late she realises they are not her friends. This is an ambush. She manages a desperate phone call to Hisami before her Mafia kidnappers silence her with a powerful drug. Hours later she wakes up in the pitch dark on a container ship, powering eastwards across the Mediterranean. Anastasia has been abducted and held hostage because Hisami has explosive information that his enemies have killed for and will kill for again. But Hisami can do nothing to save his wife. His time as a commander with the Kurdish Peshmerga has caught up with him. The US authorities have seized his passport and jailed him for possible terrorist activities in the past. For all his wealth, he is powerless. Only one man can help him. Paul Samson, former MI6 agent and a genius at tracking missing persons. He's the obvious choice. There's only one snag. Samson was, and probably still is, in love with Anastasia. If he manages to locate and save her, will it be for Hisami - or himself?

Brandenburg On the 30th anniversary, a brilliant thriller about the fall of the Berlin Wall

Brandenburg On the 30th anniversary, a brilliant thriller about the fall of the Berlin Wall

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

'A fascinating switchback roller-coaster of a plot' Guardian November 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall. One man is caught between East and West... The Stasi was among the most sophisticated intelligence organisations in the world, but by the end of the 1980s the Orwellian state of East Germany was collapsing around it. In the last few paranoid weeks of the Communist world one man will carry out one last desperate mission under the very noses of the Stasi. Dr Rudolf Rosenharte is an academic from Dresden and agent for MI6; his controller is Robert Harland. When Rosenharte's security is compromised he is faced with a stark choice: to defect to the West, leaving his beloved family to the mercies of the Stasi, or return to East Germany to carry out the most dangerous assignment of his career. November 1989 will mean the end of communism. But will it mean the end of Rosenharte? As an eyewitness to the incredible scenes of November 1989, Henry Porter brings the fall of the Berlin Wall to vivid life. Now, 30 years on, immerse yourself in a gripping read and allow yourself to be transported back to 'the end of history'.

Empire State A nail-biting thriller set in the high-stakes aftermath of 9/11

Empire State A nail-biting thriller set in the high-stakes aftermath of 9/11

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

'An espionage master' Charles Cumming Former spy Robert Harland returns in this nailbiting thriller set in the aftermath of 9/11 The head of the US National Security Agency is assassinated in spectacular fashion at Heathrow. An airport employee and his family are found murdered in their council house in Uxbridge. In New York, a fashionable Upper East Side osteopath receives two postcards showing the Empire State Building. A group of migrant workers are brutally gunned down in Macedonia. The quest to find the link between these apparently random events is pursued by Robert Harland - drawn back to a world he thought he'd left behind - with a dual role for the UN and MI6.

A Spy's Life A pulse-racing spy thriller of relentless intrigue and mistrust

A Spy's Life A pulse-racing spy thriller of relentless intrigue and mistrust

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

'Compulsively readable' Observer An ex British spy finds himself dragged back into the world of espionage after a mysterious plane crash... Robert Harland ended his career as a British spy in an Austrian hospital, after being tortured and beaten by Czech security agents in the last days of the communist regime. He was young enough then to find a new life with the Red Cross and then with the UN. Twelve years later his UN plane crashes in mysterious circumstances at La Guardia airport, New York and Harland is the only survivor. Was it sabotage and, if so, was Harland the target? It is soon clear to Harland that the answers are to be found in his past, a past which, along with its secrets and tradecraft, he has desperately tried to forget. And now the crash has thrown him back into a world of relentless intrigue and mistrust, to his youth, and a life-changing love affair...

The Dying Light Terrifyingly plausible surveillance thriller from an espionage master

The Dying Light Terrifyingly plausible surveillance thriller from an espionage master

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

A chilling police surveillance thriller from 'one of the masters of the genre' Sunday Telegraph At the funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Kate Lockhart has come, along with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs, to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a horrific explosion. Eyam has left a devastating legacy which certain people at the funeral are desperate to suppress - but Kate Lockhart is equal to Eyam's legacy. She becomes the focus of the state's paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam. And the state is no match for the genius of the dead... An incredibly prescient thriller set in the aftermath of the Snowden news story from the bestselling author of Brandenburg.

Remembrance Day A race-against-time thriller to save a city from destruction

Remembrance Day A race-against-time thriller to save a city from destruction

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

'An espionage master' Charles Cumming A terrifying plot to unleash destruction in London. A very unlikely spy. The countdown has begun... Constantine Lindow is waiting for his brother Eamonn outside a central London tube station when a bus turns into the street and explodes. The next day Con is arrested as the prime suspect for the bombing. Con is determined to prove his innocence, but the only way he can do that is to find the real bomber. As he digs deeper, he finds himself confronted by his own brother's secret life - and the cold-blooded killers from his past. The trail leads Con halfway across the world and back to London, where he tracks down a killer with a genius for encryption codes. Only Con can crack the code. Only Con can stop that telephone ringing... 'British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why' Lee Child

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The boy could help them bring down a deadly ISIS terror cell. They just have to find him before the other side does. WINNER OF THE 2019 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE 'A welcome return ... Firefly is both timely and terrific' Mick Herron 'An espionage master' Charles Cumming 'British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why' Lee Child From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen year old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety. A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from the acclaimed and award-winning author of Brandenburg and The Dying Light.

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

Author: Henry Porter, W W 1875-1959 Greg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2018

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2018

'A welcome return ... Firefly seems ripped from the headlines and is both timely and terrific' Mick Herron 'The eagerly awaited return of an espionage master' Charles Cumming From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen year old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety. A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from the acclaimed and award-winning author of Brandenburg and The Dying Light.

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Firefly Winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Author: Henry Porter Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/06/2018

The boy could help them bring down a deadly ISIS terror cell. They just have to find him before the other side does. 'A welcome return ... Firefly is both timely and terrific' Mick Herron 'An espionage master' Charles Cumming 'British espionage fiction is the best in the world, and Porter is part of the reason why' Lee Child From the refugee camps of Greece to the mountains of Macedonia, a thirteen year old boy is making his way to Germany and safety. Codenamed 'Firefly', he holds vital intelligence: unparalleled insight into a vicious ISIS terror cell, and details of their plans. But the terrorists are hot on his trail, determined he won't live to pass on the information. When MI6 become aware of Firefly and what he knows, the race is on to find him. Paul Samson, ex-MI6 agent and now private eye, finds himself recruited to the cause. Fluent in Arabic thanks to his Lebanese heritage, Samson's job is to find Firefly, win his trust and get him to safety. A devastatingly timely thriller following the refugee trail from Syria to Europe, Firefly is a sophisticated, breathtaking race against time from the acclaimed and award-winning author of Brandenburg and The Dying Light.

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

Author: Henry Porter, W W 1875-1959 Greg Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

The Smallest Oasis

The Smallest Oasis

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2015

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

The Two Angry Women of Abington. 1599

Author: Henry Porter, W W 1875-1959 Greg Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2015

The Two Angry Women of Abington - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Two Angry Women of Abington - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Henry Porter Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2015