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Robert Harris is a British bestselling author of The Cicero Trilogy (Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator), Fatherland (1992), Enigma (1995), Archangel (1998), Pompeii (2003), The Ghost (2007), The Fear Index (2011) and An Officer and a Spy novels (2013).

Born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, he attended the University of Cambridge where he served as president of the Cambridge Union and editor of Varsity—the oldest student newspaper at the institution.

Robert’s books have been translated into 37 languages across the globe, with Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, The Ghost and An Officer and a Spy being adapted into movies.

He currently lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

More about Robert Harris

Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Thriller

Born: 1957

United Kingdom

Website: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1006297/robert-harris.html

Non Series
  • Fatherland (1992)
  • Enigma (1995)
  • Archangel (1998)
  • Pompeii (2003)
  • The Ghost (2007)
  • The Fear Index (2011)
  • An Officer and a Spy (2013)
  • Conclave (2016)
  • Munich (2017)
  • The Second Sleep (2019)
Non-fiction
  1. A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1982)
  2. Gotcha! The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis (1983)
  3. The Making of Neil Kinnock (1984)
  4. Selling Hitler: The Story of the Hitler Diaries (1986)
  5. Good and Faithful Servant: The Unauthorized Biography of Bernard Ingham (1990)
The Cicero Trilogy
  1. Imperium (2006)
  2. Conspirata (2009)
  3. Dictator (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Fatherland

Set in an alternative world, Hitler has emerged victorious in the Second World War.

The year is 1964 and Hitler is only one week away from celebrating his 75th birthday.

When a dead body is found in a lake near the most affluent suburb in Berlin, Kriminalpolizei detective Xavier March is summoned to carry out investigations.

In the process of identifying the body, March unearths possible signs of a conspiracy that could trail to the very top of the German Reich.

March, alongside an American journalist, launch a race to uncover the truth; a truth that could very well alter the course of history.

Fatherland
Director: Christopher Menaul
Cast: Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson, Peter Vaughan, Jean Marsh, Michael Kitchen
Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1992
ISBN: 978-0812977219
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Enigma

An ambitious group of young people are working against the clock to defeat Hitler, and win the war, at Bletchley Park: the top-secret landmark of World War Two.

It’s March 1943, and the fate of the Second World War remains unknown.

Meanwhile, a smart young codebreaker at Bletchley Park faces the worst double nightmare after the Germans inexplicably change their U-boat Enigma code. This could invariably spell defeat for Allies.

With suspicion growing over the possibility of a mole infiltrating Bletchley Park, Claire Romilly, Jericho's stunning and mysterious girlfriend, suddenly disappears.

Enigma
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam, Saffron Burrows, Tom Hollander
Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-1856864077
Publisher: QPD
Archangel

Having discovered the existence of a secret notebook belonging to Josef Stalin, historian Fluke Kelso is determined to track down the book and acquire it at all costs.

As such, he journeys from the volatile political intrigue and perversion of modern Moscow to the extensive forests surrounding the White Sea port of Archangel in the North, where he has a frightening encounter with Russia's unburied past.

Archangel
Director: Jon Jones
Cast: Daniel Craig, Yekaterina Rednikova, Gabriel Macht, Lev Prygunov, Alexey Diakov, Harry Ditson, Tanya Moodie
Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0091801373
Publisher: Hutchinson
Pompeii

It’s late August and the sun isn’t taking any prisoners. Where else to savor the final days of summer than on the picturesque Bay of Naples?

As the most affluent and extravagant citizens of Rome rest in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, it’s becoming increasingly hard to ignore the fact that something is terribly wrong.

A man has mysteriously disappeared, wells and springs are failing, and the mighty Aqua Augusta, arguably the greatest aqueduct in the world, has suddenly ceased to flow.

This is the story of an elegant world on the verge of destruction.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0812974614
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
The Ghost

A former British prime minister seeking refuge in a far off ocean-front house in America struggles to finish his memoirs when he learns of the death of his long-term assistant.

A professional ghostwriter is then dispatched in a desperate bid to finish the project. The man is however accustomed to working with waning rock stars and minor celebrities rather than former world leaders and ex-power players.

While undertaking the project, the ghost soon learns that his renowned new client holds dark secret from his past; secrets that are not only haunting him now but also have the power to kill.

The Ghost Writer
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, Jon Bernthal, Tim Preece, Robert Pugh, David Rintoul, Eli Wallach
Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1439190555
Publisher: Gallery Books
The Fear Index

When it comes to the secretive inner circle of the filthy rich, one Alex Hoffmann is right at the centre of it.

Undertaking his operations in Geneva, he has devised a revolutionary system that is capable of exploiting financial markets; bringing back billions upon billions of dollars in the process.

His system flourishes when there is panic and fear; making him somewhat of a legend in the game.

When the advanced security system at his lakeside home is breached by an invader whilst Hoffmann sleeps, the waking nightmare of delusions and brutality begins as Hoffmann desperately tries to identify the person or forces trying to destroy him.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0307948113
Publisher: Vintage
An Officer and a Spy

 “In the hunt for a spy, he exposed a conspiracy.”

It’s the year 1895 in Paris. Georges Picquart, an army officer, witnesses as convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, is publicly disgraced in front of a howling crowd.

Two different fates then follow. Dreyfus is sent to Devil's Island where he is to serve for the rest of his life, while Picquart is promoted to manage the intelligence unit that tracked him down.

When Picquart however shockingly discovers that a mole is still forwarding their secret to the Germans, the army officer is thrust into a dangerous and complex network of greed and deception that not only threatens his integrity but also his life.

An Officer and a Spy
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Louis Garrel, Jean Dujardin, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud
Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0345804853
Publisher: Vintage
Conclave

"Present day Vatican turns into a den of ambition in this novel by best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland."

The pope is dead!

Behind the scenes, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the world are set to cast their votes in the Sistine Chapel in what is known to be the most secretive election in the world.

Holy as they may be, they also have ruthless ambition, and rivals. And during the next seventy-two hours, one of them will emerge victorious, becoming the most powerful spiritual figure on the planet.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1101972908
Publisher: Vintage
Munich

It’s September 1938 in Munich. Hitler is hell-bent on starting a war while Chamberlain is determined to uphold the peace.

They are scheduled to meet in a city that will forever be infamous for the events that are about to take place.

As Chamberlain’s plane flies over the channel and the Fuhrer’s train steams south, two young men travel with their leaders.

Although they are now on opposing sides, the two were once friends during a more peaceful era.

As the darkest hour in Britain’s history looms, the fate of millions could depend on them, and the secrets they’re hiding.

Will the price they pay be too high even for peace?

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0525436430
Publisher: Vintage
The Second Sleep

“All civilizations think they are indestructible. History however begs to differ.”

The year is 1468. Christopher Fairfax, a youthful priest, arrives at a distant Exmoor village to preside over the funeral of his predecessor.

Ancient artifacts such as coins, fragments of glass and human bones are scattered around the land.

Could his obsession with the past have led to his death? The more Fairfax delves deeper into the remote community, the more that everything he believes about himself, his faith and the history of his world, is put to the ultimate test.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0593168127
Publisher: Random House Large Print

Non-fiction

A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare

First published in 1982 to an overwhelming public reception, the authors to this book have written a new Introduction and a new Epilogue to create a provision for the events that have taken place since the early 1980s.

It takes into account the dissolving of the former Soviet Union and the black market that appeared in chemical and biological weapons, the purchase of these weapons by several Third World countries, the attempts by countries like Iraq to assemble these weapons and the most recent use of these weapons in terrorist attacks.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1982
ISBN: 978-0812966534
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Gotcha! The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis

This book delineates the efforts of the British government to censor news reports regarding the Falkland Islands War, and also looks at the media's treatment of the conflict.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1983
ISBN: 978-0571130528
Publisher: Faber & Faber
The Making of Neil Kinnock

Neil Kinnock is a British Labour Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament between 1970 and 1995.

Being a left-winger, he gained huge prominence for his attacks on Margaret Thatcher's handling of the Falklands War in 1982, despite the fact that it was this conflict that massively boosted support for the Conservative government that lead to its landslide re-election the following year.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1984
ISBN: 978-0571132676
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Selling Hitler: The Story of the Hitler Diaries

It’s Spring of 1983. From the look of things, it seems as though of the most unexpected discoveries of the century has been made.

The private diaries of Adolf Hitler, without doubt one of the most sought after documents in the world, has finally been found.

What follows is a disaster of greed, the deception of experts, and the paying of monstrous sums of money to earn the rights to publish the book across the globe.

That however is just but the beginning of the story...

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1986
Ebook: B01K3IWYAM
Publisher: Arrow
Good and Faithful Servant: The Unauthorized Biography of Bernard Ingham

Frank, resolute and widely feared, Bernard Ingham served as Margaret Thatcher's Press Secretary between 1979 and 1990. And at some point, he was even referred to as the most powerful man in Britain.

In this book, Robert Harris gives an in depth account of Ingham's career: his personality, his formula of doing things and his rise to prominence.

Robert reveals how Ingham, who was once an ardent socialist in the 1960s, rose to become one of the Prime Minister's most loyal lieutenants.

The author also looks at some of the scandals that Ingham has been adversely mentioned in, including the Falklands, Westland, the misunderstandings between Queen Elizabeth and Mrs Thatcher, the denigration of ministers in off-the-record briefings.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 1990
ISBN: 978-0571165476
Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Cicero Trilogy

Imperium

It’s a cold November morning. Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a frightened stranger. What follows is a series of events that will push his employer into one of the most prominent courtroom dramas in history.

The stranger in question a Sicilian, one of the many islanders who have fallen victim to the greed of corrupt Roman governor, Verres.

The senator on the other hand is Cicero, a sharp young lawyer and gifted orator, determined to attain absolute power in the state.

Written in Tiro's voice, this book takes us inside the brutal and deceitful world of Roman politics; describing the struggle of one clever and compassionate man who fought to reach the top.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-9604531622
Publisher: Gallery Books
Conspirata

The year is 63 BC in Rome. Seven men are battling for supremacy in a city on the verge of acquiring a vast empire.

Cicero is the consul, Caesar is the cruel youthful rival, Pompey is the greatest general the republic has ever seen, Crassus is the wealthiest man, Cato is a political fanatic, Catilina is a psychopath and Clodius an enterprising playboy.

Derived from real historical figures, these stories tell of their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their flashiness and their misdeeds.

The story itself is narrated by Tiro, the slave and confidential secretary to Cicero.

He knows everything about Cicero, a very dangerous position to be in.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0743266116
Publisher: Gallery Books
Dictator

 “Laws are silent in times of war.” - Cicero

There was once a time when Caesar’s life was at the mercy of Cicero. Now, Caesar reigns supreme while Cicero’s life is a complete mess.

Exiled, separated from his beloved family, with no wealth and in constant in danger of losing his life, Cicero is greatly disturbed by the fact that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles.

He makes a skillful and courageous comeback, one that propels the gifted orator to once again—albeit briefly—become the supreme senator in Rome.

Politics however isn’t static and no political figure could ever truly shield themselves from the ambition and corruption of others.

Author: Robert Harris
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0307948137
Publisher: Vintage