Robert Harris (born 7 March 1957) is a British writer best known for his works of historical fiction. The books go down well with historians because they are carefully researched and you can learn a lot about the past by reading them. At the same time, his writing style is pageturner-y and the books are hard to put down. With the Cicero trilogy and Pompeii, he brought everyday life in Ancient Rome alive, but his books range widely across the centuries. His nonfiction writing includes Selling Hitler: The Story of the Hitler Diaries, about a fascinating episode in the early 1980s when even eminent historians of Nazism were taken in by a fake diary of the German leader.
Books by Robert Harris
Interviews where books by Robert Harris were recommended
For all its horrors, World War II was a time when things happened to people and that, perhaps, is what makes it such an enduring source of fascination. Graham Hurley, author of the Spoils of War series, recommends five of the best World War II thrillers, including one that reads like nonfiction.
The bestselling author tells us how his other job as a political journalist helps with thriller writing, and what makes le Carré, Forsyth and Buchan such masters of their trade
Caesar, Cicero, Achilles, Socrates, Plato: millennia later, we still talk about them. Olly Murphy, classics teacher at Wycombe Abbey, one of England’s top girls’ schools, recommends books and explains why classics remains one of the most exciting subjects for teenagers to study.
It’s tricky finding history books for teenagers at an age when they are too old for children’s books, but not yet ready to read long, weighty tomes with lots of footnotes. Alex, a UK-based history fan who previously chose books for us age 10, returns to Five Books to recommend his selection of the best history books for teenagers.