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Lustrum by Robert Harris
  

Lustrum

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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.

If you like Robert Harris you might also like to read books by Chris Petit, Dan Fesperman and Frank Delaney.

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Lustrum by Robert Harris

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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Harris is the master. With Lustrum, [he] has surpassed himself. It is one of the most exciting thrillers I have ever read -- Peter Jones Evening Standard Harris communicates such a strong sense of imperial Rome - the book is awesomely well-informed about the minutiae of everyday life Guardian Thoroughly engaging ... The allure of power and the perils that attend it have seldom been so brilliantly anatomised in a thriller Sunday Times Harris never makes his comparisons between Rome and modern Britain explicit, but they are certainly there. And that's the principal charm of his ancient thrillers - their up-to-dateness Sunday Telegraph Magnificent ... Better than Robert Graves's Claudius novels -- Allan Massie Standpoint


About the Author

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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Publication date

8th October 2009

Author

Robert Harris

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Publisher

Hutchinson an imprint of Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

History
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780091801007

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