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by Robert Harris

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Shortlisted for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction 2010.


Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 29 October 2009.

This is the second part of Harris's historical trilogy which began with Imperium. More political intrigue from  60BC and Cicero’s rule over Rome. Harris stays true to historical fact while still creating a terrific and fast-paced tale.



Lustrum Synopsis

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, and 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.

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ISBN: 9780091801007
Publication date: 08/10/2009
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780099406327
Publication date: 01/09/2005
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091801007
Publication date: 8th October 2009
Author: Robert Harris
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,

About Robert Harris

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.

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