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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 more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 114 x 176 x 34mm | 258.55g
  • Cornerstone
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099406314
  • 9780099406310
  • 85,782

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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" Observershow more

About Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of eleven 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, and Conclave. 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 more

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'Gripping' Guardian 'Captivating' Newsweek 'Marvellous' Sunday Telegraph 'Accomplished' Observer 'Fascinating' Mail on Sunday 'Engrossing' New York Times Ancient Rome - 'a city of glory built on a river of filth' - teems with ambitious and ruthless men. None is more brilliant than Marcus Cicero. A rising young lawyer, backed by a shrewd wife, he decides to gamble everything on one of the most dramatic courtroom battles of all time. Win it, and he could win control of Rome itself. Lose it, and he is finished forever. Internationally acclaimed for its storytelling power and historical accuracy, Robert Harris's new novel is an epic account of the timeless struggle for power and the sudden disintegration of a more
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