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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099406327
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.00
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Lustrum

(Cicero Trilogy 2)




The stunning new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost.

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; 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.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099406327
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of twelve 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 and most recently, Munich. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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Praise for Lustrum

“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

“Magnificent ... Better than Robert Graves's Claudius novels”

Allan Massie, Standpoint

“A read to be savoured”

Scotland on Sunday

“Robert Harris brings the cut-throat republic to life... He understands politics and how to dramatise them.”

Financial Times


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