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  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099527664
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

Imperium

(Cicero Trilogy 1)




Ancient Rome is the setting for the stunning new novel from Robert Harris, the number one bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel and Pompeii.

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When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.

The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium – supreme power in the state.

This is the starting-point of Robert Harris’s most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiro’s voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man – clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable – fought to reach the top.

  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099527664
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of thirteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich and The Second Sleep. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby. His next book, V2, is coming out in autumn 2020.

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Praise for Imperium

Harris's best so far, rapid and compelling in narrative, copious in detail, thoroughly researched but also, which is more important, thoroughly imagined... Irresistible

Sunday Telegraph

In Harris's hands, the great game becomes a beautiful one

The Times

Genres ancient and modern have rarely been so skilfully synthesised... Gripping and accomplished

Guardian

A joy to read in every way, and as a mirror to the politics of our present age has no equal

Independent

Harris deploys the devices of the thriller writer to trace the perils and triumphs of Cicero's ascent... A finely accomplished recreation of the power struggles of more than two millenniums ago

Observer

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