Robert Harris

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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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Robert Harris Aristotle said that the truest guide to a man’s character is his actions, and I suppose that is the basis for my characterization. I look at what thes…moreAristotle said that the truest guide to a man’s character is his actions, and I suppose that is the basis for my characterization. I look at what these men did, and then try to work backwards, imagining what it was in their personalities that led them to behave as they did. I also work on the basis that 2,000 years is the blink of an eye in terms of the scale of evolution, and they weren’t that dissimilar to us.(less)
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Fatherland

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Pompeii

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Imperium: A Novel of Ancien...

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Conclave

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An Officer and a Spy

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Enigma

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The Ghost

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Munich

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The Second Sleep

3.48 avg rating — 12,124 ratings — published 2019 — 43 editions
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The Fear Index: The thrilli...

3.47 avg rating — 11,777 ratings — published 2011 — 60 editions
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“To say she was my girlfriend was absurd: no one the wrong side of thirty has a girlfriend… I suppose I ought to have realize it’s ominous that forty thousand years of human language had failed to produce a word for our relationship.”
Robert Harris, The Ghost

“To be brave, by definition, one has first to be afraid.”
Robert Harris, Pompeii

“Of all human activities, writing is the one for which it is easiest to find excuses not to begin – the desk’s too big, the desk’s too small, there’s too much noise, there’s too much quiet, it’s too hot, too cold, too early, too late. I had learned over the years to ignore them all, and simply to start.”
Robert Harris, The Ghost

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