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The Second Sleep : the Sunday Times #1 bestselling novel - Robert Harris

The Second Sleep

the Sunday Times #1 bestselling novel

Paperback Published: 20th August 2019
ISBN: 9781786331380
Number Of Pages: 336

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

1468. 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?

Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes – about himself, his faith and the history of his world – will be tested to destruction.

Industry Reviews

"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 *

ISBN: 9781786331380
ISBN-10: 1786331381
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th August 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45

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Robert Harris

About the Author


Robert Harris is the author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and Lustrum, all of which were international bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. After graduating with a degree in English from Cambridge University, he worked as a reporter for the BBC’s Panorama and Newsnight programs, before becoming political editor of the Observer and subsequently a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to Gill Hornby and they live with their four children in a village near Hungerford.

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