Author(s): Robert Harris
'The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now...' The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain's former prime minister, especially as it means flying to the American resort of Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter and finishing the book in the seclusion of a luxurious house. But it doesn't take him long to realise he has made a terrible mistake. His predecessor on the project died in circumstances that were distinctly suspicious, and the ex-prime minister turns out to be a man with secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill. The Times has called Robert Harris 'the leading current exponent of the intelligent literary thriller'. The Ghost is his most compelling novel yet.
A tie-in edition of the best-selling book, to coincide with the release of the blockbuster film directed by Roman Polanski
Shortlisted for RTE Radio 1's The Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award 2008 and British Book Awards: Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award 2008.
A master of the intelligent thriller...The Ghost is Harris back on sparkling form The Times Truly thrilling Sunday Times Robert Harris's latest thriller is more than a fun read: it is a super-duper, double fun bag-sized read thanks to his masterful plotting Daily Telegraph Harris has written a remarkable thriller... He knows how to tell a story Sunday Telegraph The Ghost is arguably the finest novel yet to have emerged from the so-called Age of Terror... This is an important book about the major issues of our time Mail on Sunday Absorbing... Compelling reading Observer A masterpiece of observation, interpretation and analysis Independent on Sunday Robert Harris's bullet-paced thriller... [It's] impossible to put this book down Literary Review An elegant and highly readable thriller Spectator A cracking good yarn... His writing is taut with wit and cleverness Financial Times Harris's feel for political manoeuvring is buttressed by a strong sense of place and good fast pacing which the craftsman sustains to the final page Times Literary Supplement Intelligent, perceptive and enormous fun Guardian
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 programmes, 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.