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  • Published: 3 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099527497
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $27.00

The Ghost

A gripping contemporary number one bestselling thriller from the award-winning master of the literary thriller genre: Robert Harris. Adapted into a Golden Globe winning film, directed by Roman Polanski; starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor

Britain's former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project - a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill.

Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.

  • Pub date: 3 July 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099527497
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $27.00

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 The Ghost

“A master of the intelligent thriller... The Ghost is Harris back on sparkling form”

The Times

“Truly thrilling”

Sunday Times

“Robert Harris's latest thriller is more than a fun read: it is a super-duper, double fun bag-sized read thanks to his masterful plotting”

Daily Telegraph

“A cracking good yarn... His writing is taut with wit and cleverness”

Financial Times

“The Ghost is arguably the finest novel yet to have emerged from the so-called Age of Terror... This is an important book about the major issues of our time”

Mail on Sunday

“A masterpiece of observation, interpretation and analysis”

Independent on Sunday

“An unputdownable thriller about corrupt power and sex, written with an insider's mischievous intimacy”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph

“Brilliantly persuasive, right up to the last page of its astonishing and unpredictable conclusion”

Books of the Year, Economist

“Absorbing... Compelling reading”


“Harris has written a remarkable thriller... He knows how to tell a story”

Sunday Telegraph

“Robert Harris's bullet-paced thriller... [It's] impossible to put this book down”

Literary Review

“An elegant and highly readable thriller”

Douglas Hurd, Spectator

“Harris's feel for political manoeuvring is buttressed by a strong sense of place and good fast pacing which the craftsman sustains to the final page”

Times Literary Supplement

“Intelligent, perceptive and enormous fun”


“The most fun I've had with a novel in ages”

Nicholas Blincoe, Books of the Year, New Statesman

“Knee-deep in intrigue and bristling with incident... An edgy journey through the dark corridors of power, a witty portrait of political and literary falsehoods, and a masterclass in gripping storytelling, Harris's dynamic novel is a page-turner of the old school.”

Sunday Times Culture

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