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Fatherland by Robert Harris
  

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November 2011 Guest Editor Victoria Hislop selects Fatherland...

Fatherland by Robert Harris is an amazing novel. In fact all his novels are great, but this just happens to be my favourite. Robert Harris always does extensive and exhaustive research into the history/ideas behind his novels but he then deftly puts it to one side and crafts his story. He does something that I greatly aspire to: he wears his research lightly so that we learn a lot while reading his books, but we are not being hit over the head with his knowledge though we know it is there. I admire him hugely and would like to achieve the same effect.

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It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, 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. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

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Synopsis

Fatherland by Robert Harris

April 1964. The naked body of an old man floats in a river on the outskirts of Berlin. In one week it will be Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday. A terrible conspiracy is starting to unravel.


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Reviews

'A writer who handles suspense like a literary Alfred Hitchcock.' -- Nelson Mandela

'Robert Harris has recreated the whole structure of a totally corrupt society in a way that makes the flesh creep.' -- John Mortimer

'Power and chilling... convincing in every detail.' -- Martha Gellhorn

'Gripping in the way John Buchan, Len Deighton and John LeCarre are. The writing is superb.' -- Woodrow Wyatt

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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Book Info

Publication date

26th April 2012

Author

Robert Harris

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Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780099571575

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