Act of Oblivion (Hardback)
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Act of Oblivion (Hardback)

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Published: 01/09/2022
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Turning his masterly pen to the dramatic manhunt for the murderers of King Charles I, the bestselling author of Munich and V2 delivers a gripping, continent-spanning tale about treason and justice.

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2023

In his new novel, the bestselling author of Munich and V2 tells the story of the greatest manhunt of the seventeenth century.

'From what is it they flee?'
He took a while to reply. By the time he spoke the men had gone inside. He said quietly, 'They killed the King.'

1660, General Edward Whalley and Colonel William Goffe, father- and son-in-law, cross the Atlantic. They are on the run and wanted for the murder of Charles I. Under the provisions of the Act of Oblivion, they have been found guilty in absentia of high treason.

In London, Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is tasked with tracking down the fugitives. He'll stop at nothing until the two men are brought to justice. A reward of £100 hangs over their heads - for their capture, dead or alive.

Act of Oblivion is an epic journey across continents, and a chase like no other. It is the thrilling new novel by Robert Harris.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529151756
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 723 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

One of Harris's most compellingly paced to date . . . it is his best since Fatherland - Sunday Times

Act of Oblivion is a belter of a thriller. It will be compulsive reading for those who loved An Officer and a Spy, Harris's book about the Dreyfus affair. Like that novel, the research is immaculate. A chewy, morally murky slice of history is made into a thriller that twists and surprises. The characters are strong and we care about their predicament. The story stretches over continents and years, but the suspense feels as taut as if the three main characters were locked in a room with a gun. - The Times

Act of Oblivion is a fine novel about a divided nation, about invisible wounds that heal slower than visible ones . . . it feels like an important book for our particular historical moment, one that shows the power of forgiveness and the intolerable burden of long-held grudges - Observer

Harris's books are always supremely readable - he has practically trademarked the term 'master storyteller' - Alex Preston, Observer

[Harris] writes with a skill and ingenuity that few other novelists can match - Financial Times

A lightning-quick thriller, the tension cranked right up throughout, and Harris' 17th century New England is so real you can almost smell it - Tim Weaver, author of BLACKBIRD

Harris (Munich) again turns a historical event into a canny page-turner. . . Harris humanizes the hunter and the hunted, and brings to life an obscure chapter in colonial American history. This further burnishes Harris's reputation as a talented author of historical suspense - Publishers Weekly

Gripping . . . Thoroughly enjoyable. . . . [This} deeply researched story is the author's brilliant reimagining of real historical events, with sympathetic characters and a compelling plot - Kirkus Reviews

Harris's cleverness, judgment and eye for detail are second to none - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

The master of the intelligent thriller - Daily Telegraph

I have been waiting for most of my life for Robert Harris to write a novel that is not gripping, insightful and entertaining. I am waiting still - Ben Macintyre, The Times

The king of the page-turning thriller - i Paper

Harris is a master of historical fiction, a compelling author who brings to life the recent and ancient past - Justin Warshaw, TLS

Act Of Oblivion offers a resonant history of both England and America as they struggle to forge a myth of nationhood out of opposing ideologies - Daily Mail

The joy is in the vivid re-creation of 17th Century England and America and in the sly parallels with today that Harris teases out - Mail on Sunday

He has taken a truly extraordinary factual tale and turned it into a fun fictional version, with pace throughout, and a crowd-pleasing finale - The Oldie

A masterclass in storytelling, so enthralling that if you'd disembowelled me whilst I was reading this book I doubt I'd have noticed! - Daily Express

A tale that grips from start to finish. It's a remarkable achievement - Metro

Master storyteller Robert Harris has forged history anew, melding fact and fiction - RTÉ

Harris spins an exciting tale which I hope will leave you hungry for more - Inside History Magazine

If you like your page-turning popular fiction at the more intelligent end of the spectrum, you could not do better than this. - Daily Telegraph

A gripping thriller - Press Association

A gripping revenger's tale... This is by far Harris's best book since An Officer and a Spy, which dealt with another great national division: the Dreyfus case. He has produced a ripping page-turner that breathes all the complexities and moral nuances of the Civil War period - Financial Times

Lucid and full of suspense - Spectator

A thrilling page-turner based on real events . . . packed with rich and fascinating historical detail - The Scotsman

In his new thriller, Robert Harris wrests [a] fascinating period back from its unjust oblivion, showing how closely its complex landscape of constitutional crises and Puritan politics played out in new unregulated media resonates with us today - The Critic

Harris, deft as ever, weaves a hefty amount of historical fact into the narrative, politics, religion, colonial life, family ties - as well as themes of forgiveness and reconciliation. Underneath it all though is the remorseless and building propulsion of hunter and prey - New Statesman

A drama so involving and nerve-wracking, you can barely turn the pages fast enough. Historic! - Saga Magazine

Another fantastic piece of historical fiction from Robert Harris, immaculately researched and utterly believable - IPU Review

A gripping thriller and a timely reminder of the dangers of a deeply divided and intolerant society - The Shropshire Magazine

The book excels in its stunning recreation of the landscape of America... Harris proves himself to be masterful at this and it gives the book a vibrant memorability - New Statesman

Few writers combine history, politics and excitement of a thriller as enthrallingly as Robert Harris does. - Sunday Times

What Harris does here is nothing short of masterful. - Irish Times

Harris displays an impressive grasp of the historical context without taxing his readers by showing his 'workings'. - Church Times

Based on real and fascinating history, this is Robert Harris's best since An Officer and a Spy - The Times

Pacy and tense, and the pungently evoked past offers up some shrewd present-day parallels - Mail on Sunday

An absolutely stunning historical novel and a ripping crime thriller at the same time. I've been recommending it far and wide and buying it for people for Christmas! - Dead Good

The best historical fiction combines a gripping plot with meticulous research - leaving the reader inspired to learn more about the real-life protagonists. And the latest release from Robert Harris once more proves his mastery of the genre - Soldier

I loved Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris, which achieves the astonishing feat of taking 17th-century events and people and telling their stories in 21st-century language without a single seam showing - Ben Macintyre, The Times

Thrilling - Gregory Doran, The Times

This is a novel that asks big historical questions. You could read it as a pure thriller, and it is one of Harris's most compellingly paced to date. You could read it as a piece of intelligent historical immersion. I think it is more; I think it is his best novel since Fatherland. - Sunday Times

It's a belter. - The Times

If only all historical thrillers could be this entertaining. - Observer

In this tense and beautifully written account of the ensuing manhunt, Harris brings sympathy to characters on either side of the civil war that divided a nation. - Daily Mail

A brainy, compulsive page-turner. - Daily Telegraph

A violent, gripping, globetrotting chase thriller - Daily Mirror

He’s my go-to person that I know will keep me entertained - Jane Garvey

[A] rich, propulsive novel - Sunday Times

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“Historical fact and fiction meet in a manhunt”

Act of Oblivion takes us back to the 17th century. Charles I has been put to death and, as the fickle world of politics, church and monarchy ebb and flow, it is decreed that those responsible for the trial and death... More

Hardback edition
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“Fast paced and packed with detail”

Robert Harris has done it again; woven a riveting tale around real people and events in a realistic reimagining of history. The title is taken from an Act of Parliament which arose following the Civil War. Many were... More

Hardback edition
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“Outstanding book”

I was fortunate to be able to read this book through NetGally prior to publication.

This is an outstanding book, exceptionally well researched, although written as a novel contains all factual information on the... More

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