Munich (Paperback)Robert Harris (author)
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Set on the eve of WWII, this superlative eleventh-hour drama treads a new path through familiar ground. As The Times’ asserts, Harris’s ‘cleverness, judgment and eye for detail are second to none’.
September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.
The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there: Munich.
As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier.
Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?
A consistent career-long favourite of Waterstones’ customers, Robert Harris is a heavyweight of historical fiction with a knack for creating page-turning political thrillers with literary credence. Best known for the ‘what if’ masterpiece Fatherland and his Cicero series as well as the controversial Blairite-era roman à clef, The Ghost Harris is never less than consistently excellent, balancing on that most delicate tight-rope where challenging and thought-provoking literature meets page-turning entertainment.
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 309 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'A brilliantly constructed spy novel set amid the politicking of Chamberlain's last-ditch negotiations with Hitler' - Ben East, Observer
'Harris's cleverness, judgment and eye for detail are second to none . . . his research is so impeccable that he could have cut all the spy stuff and published Munich as a history book. Harris's treatment of Britain's most maligned prime minister is so powerful, so persuasive, that it ranks among the most moving fictional portraits of a politician that I have ever read' - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
'Atmospheric and fast-paced literary thriller . . . [it] grips from start to finish . . . Superb' - Mail on Sunday
'Unputdownable to the point of being dangerous: the house could have been on fire while I was reading and I wouldn't have noticed' - Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
'A tantalising addition to the inexhaustible game of "what if"?' - Anthony Quinn, Guardian
'Taut and finely paced novel . . . superbly observed . . . it is hard not to break out in a cold sweat just reading it....The details of railway carriages, hotel rooms, 10 Downing Street and even the Fuhrerbau in Berlin are faultless . . . an utterly compelling and fantastically tense historical thriller by a writer at the very top of his game.' - James Holland, Literary Review
'Fascinating . . . Seamlessly weaving his fictional tale into the real events of September 1938...Harris has once again shown himself to be a master storyteller.' - Nick Rennison, BBC History Magazine
'A novel of ideas and a gripping thriller... Harris is a marvellously compelling story-teller.' - Scotsman
'With moral subtlety as well as storytelling skill, Harris makes us regret the better past that never happened - while mournfully accepting the bitter one that did.' - Boyd Tonkin, Financial Times
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