Act of Oblivion


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6.2 X 9.0 X 1.8 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Harris is the award-winning author of fourteen internationally bestselling novels, including Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost Writer, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, Conclave, Munich, The Second Sleep, and V2, as well as his trilogy of novels about the Roman statesman Cicero Imperium, Conspirata and Dictator. His novels have been translated into 40 languages, and seven have been adapted for the screen, including most recently Munich, a Netflix feature film starring Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain. Harris earned a degree in English from Cambridge University; before becoming a full-time novelist he worked as a reporter for the BBC, was political editor of the Observer, and a columnist for the London Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. He is married to the writer Gill Hornby and lives in England; they have four children.


"Robert Harris brings his signature storytelling power to an exciting manhunt through colonial America. Act of Oblivion pulls off historical fiction's greatest challenge, transporting readers into the heart of a formative era with momentum and suspense. A twisty labyrinth of espionage and intrigue." -- Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Taking of Jemima Boone

"Robert Harris is, simply put, masterful." -- Karin Slaughter, New York Times and international bestselling author

"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, Starred Review

"It will come as no surprise to readers familiar with Harris' work that this is a splendidly written historical novel. Harris really is a joy to read . . . Another top-flight effort from a master storyteller." -- Booklist

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 UK

"Harris (V2: A Novel of World War II) demonstrates his talent for bringing history to life with a taut new tale of faith and vengeance. . . . the raw emotions of the characters and the issues that drive human dissent make this a worthwhile read." -- Library Journal

"Fast-paced . . . . wonderfully detailed . . . . clever. . . ." -- New York Times Book Review

Act of Oblivion delivers a galloping adventure, with a novel of ideas craftily packed into its saddlebags." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Harris delivers a gripping, well-paced tale rich in color, suspense and adventure." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"You could read this as a pure thriller, and it is one of Harris's most compellingly placed to date. You could read it as a piece of intelligent historical immersion. I think it is more; I think it is his best since Fatherland." -- Sunday Times

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