• "Harris is the master. With Lustrum, [he] has surpassed himself. It is one of the most exciting thrillers I have ever read"

    Peter Jones, Evening Standard
  • "Harris communicates such a strong sense of imperial Rome - the book is awesomely well-informed about the minutiae of everyday life"

  • "Thoroughly engaging ... The allure of power and the perils that attend it have seldom been so brilliantly anatomised in a thriller"

    Sunday Times
  • "Harris never makes his comparisons between Rome and modern Britain explicit, but they are certainly there. And that's the principal charm of his ancient thrillers - their up-to-dateness"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Magnificent ... Better than Robert Graves's Claudius novels"

    Allan Massie, Standpoint