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A new spy thriller set over the four days of the 1938 Munich Conference, as the world waits for war, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Fatherland, Conclave and An Officer and a Spy.


September 1938

Hitler is determined to start a war.

Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.

The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there.


As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Führer’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.

Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?


Grips from start to finish . . . Munich captures the mood of the times: the suspicion and the fear, the political intrigue, the swagger of the Nazi machine and the widespread elation at the mistaken belief that war has been averted. Superb.

Simon Humphreys, Mail on Sunday

Harris’s cleverness, judgment and eye for detail are second to none . . . his research is so impeccable that he could have cut all the spy stuff and published Munich as a history book. Harris’s treatment of Britain’s most maligned prime minister is so powerful, so persuasive, that it ranks among the most moving fictional portraits of a politician that I have ever read

Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

An intelligent thriller . . . with exacting attention to historical detail


Atmospheric and fast-paced literary thriller . . . [it] grips from start to finish . . . Superb

Mail on Sunday

Unputdownable to the point of being dangerous: the house could have been on fire while I was reading and I wouldn’t have noticed

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

Harris makes the reader gasp at every turn, with a truly moving portrayal of Chamberlain as a man who did the wrong thing for the right reason

Daily Express, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A brilliantly constructed spy novel set amid the politicking of Chamberlain’s last-ditch negotiations with Hitler

Ben East, Observer

A tantalising addition to the inexhaustible game of “what if”?

Anthony Quinn, Guardian

A wonderful tale of personal relationships and political drama…This is a very, very good read

Vince Cable, Spectator, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

I enjoyed romping through Robert Harris’ Munich

Nick Curtis, Evening Standard, BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Taut and finely paced novel . . . superbly observed . . . it is hard not to break out in a cold sweat just reading it….The details of railway carriages, hotel rooms, 10 Downing Street and even the Fuhrerbau in Berlin are faultless . . . an utterly compelling and fantastically tense historical thriller by a writer at the very top of his game.

James Holland, Literary Review

What distinguishes Munich is the subtlety with which it uses the formulaic elements of the genre to explore the ethics of information and functions of bureaucracy

New Statesman

Fascinating . . . Seamlessly weaving his fictional tale into the real events of September 1938…Harris has once again shown himself to be a master storyteller

Nick Rennison, BBC History Magazine

A novel of ideas and a gripping thriller… Harris is a marvellously compelling story-teller


With moral subtlety as well as storytelling skill, Harris makes us regret the better past that never happened — while mournfully accepting the bitter one that did

Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times

A fantastically entertaining historical novel that you won’t want to put down until you finish . . . For me, this is a better novel than Fatherland, which posited the ‘what if Hitler was still Fuhrer in 1964?’ scenario. It is altogether more grounded and serious, but equally enjoyable


Exerts a powerful grip

Jasper Reese, The Arts Desk

It’s hard to imagine how history can be told better

Sport Newspaper

Lovely details. Clever Twists. Superb.

Evening Standard

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Chapter 1

Shortly before one o’clock on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 September 1938, Mr Hugh Legat of His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service was shown to his table beside one of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Ritz Restaurant in London, ordered a half-bottle of 1921 Dom Perignon he could not afford, folded his copy of The Times to page seventeen, and began to read for the third time the speech that had been delivered the night before in Berlin’s Sportpalast by Adolf Hitler.

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