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  • Published: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099474197
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

Dictator

(Cicero Trilogy 3)




From the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, An Officer and a Spy, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii and The Ghost.

'Confirms Harris's undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller' Daily Mail_________________

LAWS ARE SILENT IN TIMES OF WAR. -- Cicero

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand.

But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins.

Cicero's comeback requires wit, skill and courage.

And for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

But politics is never static.

And no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others._________________

'The finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language' - The Scotsman

  • Published: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099474197
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of thirteen 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, Munich and The Second Sleep. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby. His next book, V2, is coming out in autumn 2020.

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Praise for Dictator

Triumphant, compelling and deeply moving…the finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language. They are distinguished by the mastery of the sources, sympathetic imagination, political intelligence and narrative skill…It’s a wonderful, dramatic, story, wonderfully told

Scotsman, Allan Massie

Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy ends in grand style…the culmination of 12 years work and a remarkable literary achievement

Observer

The book works…more than that; at times it sings… Thrillers are supposed to thrill, but few really do raise your heart rate and short-circuit your critical faculties…Exhilarating…This trilogy deserves the highest compliment that can be paid to a work of historical fiction

The Times

Robert Harris completes his wonderful trilogy based on the life of Cicero. I haven’t enjoyed Roman history more since Robert Graves’s I, Claudius

Anthony Horowitz, Guardian, Book of the Year

Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction

Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times, Books of the Year

Harris is brilliant at the political then-as-now, giving Caesar with a hint of Blair – and also of Thatcher

Peter Stothard, Spectator

Staying close to the sources, Harris picks his way masterfully through Cicero’s personal and political dilemmas…superb…does full justice to one of Rome’s most interesting complex and humane statesmen, whose pragmatic political treatises proved so influential during the renaissance and enlightenment

Evening Standard

Harris skilfully navigates these fraught years in Cicero’s life … Dictator triumphs

The New Stateman

A superior historical thriller

Fiona Wilson, The Times, Books of the Year

Harris’ version of Cicero is a tremendous creation

Independent

[Dictator's] gripping dramas and powerful themes - the fragility of democracy and the fallibility of human beings among them - richly illuminate the conflicts of its era and our own

Publishers Weekly

Superb…confirms Harris’s undisputed place as our leading master of both the historical and contemporary thriller

Daily Mail

Harris is a masterful storyteller. I’m currently experiencing that terrible phase of cold turkey after finishing something superb

Alastair Moffat, Herald

Contemporary echoes abound in this endlessly fascinating exploration of power struggles

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

Triumphant

Sunday Times

A masterful story of political intrigue…a fascinating and absorbing novel

Financial Times

Robert Harris is an incomparable storyteller... It's a brutal tale of murder and mayhem and a tour de force of research and imagination...

The Express

Harris’s fascination with politics galvanises his impressive knowledgeableness into compulsive fiction

Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times

I’m a big fan of Robert Harris so I’d like to read his latest, Dictator… Robert is very good at politics and evoking a period

Melvyn Bragg, Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year

Sinuous, clever and compelling…A fitting end to a magnificent trilogy

Metro

A riveting read

Sunday Express

Contemporary echoes abound in this endlessly fascinating exploration of power struggles

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

Robert Harris brings his Cicero trilogy to a triumphant, compelling and deeply moving conclusion…The three novels are surely the finest fictional treatment of Ancient Rome in the English language…distinguished by a mastery of the sources, sympathetic imagination, political intelligence and narrative skill

Yorkshire Post

Harris’ Cicero is a bit special – a mix of genius and craft, kindness and pomposity, ambition and principle

Daily Mail (Scotland)

Penetrating and utterly compelling

Claire Allfree, Metro, Books of the Year

In Dictator, Robert Harris brings his trilogy on Cicero to a triumphant end. As one who has himself written novels set in the last years of the Roman republic and the first century of empire, I am happy to say that Harris reigns supreme. His Cicero is magnificent; couldn’t conceivably be done better

Alan Massie, Spectator, Books of the Year

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