About The Author
Robert Harris is one of Britain's most successful thriller writers. He was born in Nottingham and developed his love of reading visiting the local printing plant where his father worked. After gaining a degree in English Literature form Cambridge, he joined the BBC, working on political programmes such as Panorama and Newsnight. He then moved into print journalism, eventually becoming political editor of the Observer. He has since written columns for the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. His wife, Gill, also a writer, is the sister of novelist Nick Hornby.
His first books were non-fiction: A Higher Form Of Killing, a study of chemical and biological warfare, was co-written Jeremy Paxman; this was followed by Gotcha: The Media, the Government and the Falklands Crisis, The Making of Neil Kinnock, Selling Hitler, an investigation of the fake Hitler Diaries scandal, and Good and Faithful Servant, a biography of Margaret Thatcher's press secretary, Bernard Ingham.
His first novel, Fatherland (1992), explored an alternative world where Germany had won World War II, and was a huge bestseller. This was followed by Enigma (1995), about the breaking of the Nazi's wartime codes, and Archangel (1998), a thriller set in contemporary Russia. All three were filmed, the first two for theatrical release, the last for a BBC mini-series.
Pompeii (2003) was his first novel set in ancient Rome. He then began a trilogy focusing on Roman orator Cicero: Imperium was published in 2006 and Lustrum (called Conspirata in the US) in 2009. The conclusion is expected in 2012 or 2013.
He was famously a friend of Tony Blair until disagreements on the invasion of Iraq and in 2007, he wrote The Ghost, a thriller written from the point of view of ghostwriter penning the memoirs of a recently ousted British prime minister. Both the former PM and his manipulative wife were based, to some extent, on Blair and his wife Cherie. A film, called The Ghost Writer and starring Ewan McGregor, followed.
His topical new thriller, The Fear Index, is set in the world of high finance. A visionary scientist makes billions on the hedge fund market with his revolutionary new software. But then in the early hours of the morning, while he lies asleep with his wife, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of their lakeside house. So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him, as the world's financial markets collapse into chaos.
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