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The Second Sleep

Robert Harris


PUBLISHED: 20th August 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781786331380
ANNOTATION:
The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Munich, An Officer and A Spy and Fatherland
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PUBLISHED: 20th August 2019 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781786331380
ANNOTATION:
The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Munich, An Officer and A Spy and Fatherland

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The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Munich, An Officer and A Spy and Fatherland

Publisher Description

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM ROBERT HARRIS

'A truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really.' DAVID SEXTON, EVENING STANDARD


All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is.

  1. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death?

As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.


'A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative in which the author pulls us ever deeper into the imaginative world he has created.' NICK RENNISON, SUNDAY TIMES

' Harris takes us on a thrilling ride while serving up serious food for thought . . . I doubt there is a living writer who is better at simultaneously making readers' adrenaline pump while their brains whirr.' CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS

'A wholly convincing alternative world in which a few brave heretics are determined to uncover the truth. The result is a brilliantly imaginative thriller.' READER'S DIGEST

Author Biography

Robert Harris is the author of twelve 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 and most recently, Munich. 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.

Review

"A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative in which the author, with his customary storytelling skills, pulls us ever deeper into the imaginative world he has created. It [also] poses challenging questions about the meaning of the past, the idea of progress and the stability of civilisation. It is a fine addition to Harris's diverse body of work." Sunday Times "A return to the type of high-concept novel that made his name . . . [T]he writing is elegant and pacy. The characters are fleshed out and the plot zips along." The Times "A truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really." Evening Standard "Harris is rightly praised as the master of the intelligent thriller. Genuinely thrilling, wonderfully conceived and entirely without preaching, it probes the nature of history, of collective memory and forgetting, and exposes the fragility of modern civilisation." * Daily Telegraph, 5 stars **** "Harris's bleak imagined world issues a clarion call to the present, urging us to recognise the value of progress, the importance of woolly concepts like liberalism and the rule of law, and all the other ideals we've spent generations fighting for yet seem prepared to sacrifice on the altar of populism. For make no mistake, this novel [is] very much about the here and now . . . Harris is a master of plotting and, in elegant, understated third-person prose, he ratchets the tension ever upwards . . . this is nothing if not a page-turner." Observer

Product Details

Author
Robert Harris
Pages
464
Publisher
Cornerstone
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1786331381
ISBN-13
9781786331380
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2019-09-05
Subtitle
the Sunday Times #1 bestselling novel