Imperium

Imperium

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By (author) Robert Harris

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 176mm x 34mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 3 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099406314
  • ISBN 13: 9780099406310
  • Sales rank: 23,326

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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' 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.

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Robert Harris is the author of four novels - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel and Pompeii - all of which were number one bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-one languages. He was born in Nottingham in 1957 and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He worked as a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, before becoming Political Editor of the Observer in 1987, and then a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2003 he was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. He lives near Hungerford in Berkshire with his wife and their four children.

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