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The stunning new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost.

The year is 63 BC. In an age of political titans, Cicero stands supreme: the senior consul of the Roman republic. But jealous rivals are determined to destroy him and seize control of the state. To thwart them will take all his guile - and will lead him, and Rome, to the brink of destruction.

Robert Harris's Lustrum is a page-turning thriller that pitches the reader into the power struggles and vicious factionalism of the Roman Republic at one of its most tumultuous moments, as Cicero is alerted to a plot to overthrow the government and take over the state. The conspiracy is led by the aristocratic politician Catalina, backed by other, shadowy factions; even Julius Caesar is implicated. Undeterred, Cicero devotes himself to exposing the treachery, and after a bloody struggle emerges triumphant.

But the gods are pitiless - and the most talented men over-reach themselves. When the sexually voracious senator and nobleman Clodius is put on trial, accused of entering a sacred women-only religious ritual in pursuit of Caesar's wife, Cicero finds himself embroiled in the case as the reluctant star witness for the prosecution. He has made many enemies, and as Caesar, Crassus and Pompey grasp political power, he discovers that he has sown the seeds of his own downfall...

Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Lustrum is an entirely self-contained novel, but it is also a continuation of Cicero's story as told in Robert Harris's bestselling Imperium. A third Roman volume will complete the trilogy in 2011.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099474197

    June 13, 2016

    Arrow

    544 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9780091752101

    October 15, 2015

    Hutchinson

    464 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091799502

    October 1, 2015

    Hutchinson

    464 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781446409107

    October 8, 2015

    Cornerstone Digital

    544 pages

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Also by Robert Harris

Munich
The Cicero Trilogy
Conclave
An Officer and a Spy
The Fear Index
A Higher Form of Killing
Fatherland
Lustrum
The Ghost
Imperium
Pompeii
Archangel
Enigma
Selling Hitler

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