Reviews

  • "Harris’ superlative skill at depicting power politics makes this an irresistibly gripping papal page-turner."

    Sunday Times, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Thriller of the year . . . with a plot so serpentine and sinuous that I could not bear to put it down."

    Daily Mail BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "‘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. His latest, <i>Conclave</i>, is superb."

    The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "A real page-turner, with a great twist in the final pages."

    The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Finishing this splendid and intelligent story, as with all great fiction, brings an acute sense of loss."

    The Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Robert Harris is incapable of writing a substandard novel."

    Observer, BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Each Robert Harris thriller is different but of exemplary consistency."

    Mirror BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "Robert Harris is the master storyteller of our time . . . Beautifully constructed . . . it’s dramatically compelling, politically intelligent, beautifully paced and with a lovely twist in the tail . . . narrative doesn’t come better than this."

    Scotsman BOOKS OF THE YEAR
  • "I am about to use a word I have never knowingly used in any review of any book ever. During my 25-odd years of writing about books I have done my best to avoid cliches, slipshod summaries, oracular pronouncements and indeed anything else that might appear emblazoned on a book jacket. Nonetheless, there is only one possible word to describe Robert Harris’s new novel, and it is this: unputdownable"

    Guardian
  • "A master of producing thrillers of ever-tightening suspense, full of insider analysis of political power and the treatment of momentous events . . . gripping . . . more than a crime novel, it is also a psychological and political thriller . . . Conclave is a triumphant addition to Harris’ acclaimed output"

    Sunday Times
  • "Gripping . . . like an ecclesiastical version of House of Cards"

    The Times
  • "Well-researched, intelligently observed and highly credible . . . Fast-moving and suspenseful, it’s elegantly written entertainment from a first-rate storyteller."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Grips like a vice and manages to convey all the drama of an election without resorting to melodrama"

    Sunday Express
  • "An electric read, like a shot of adrenalin to the heart . . . rollicking and literate . . . an insightful and witty thriller"

    Literary Review
  • "Page-turning heaven"

    Independent