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      • Wednesday 16th September 2020

        On Wednesday 16th September 2020

      • 07:30 PM

        07:30 PM

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        UK

In an exclusive online event, Robert Harris, author of thirteen bestselling novels including the Cicero Trilogy, Fatherland, and An Officer and a Spy, will be chatting with Jon Snow, revered journalist and much-loved news presenter about his new novel V2.

Join them as Robert Harris launches his latest novel in which he returns to Nazi Germany to tell the story of the V2 rocket. On the brink of defeat, Hitler commissioned 10,000 V2s – ballistic rockets that carried a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound, which he believed would win the war. In a story with the same level of historical detail, depth and intrigue as we’ve come to expect, hear Robert’s own insight into another thriller you can’t put down, and his characters that pop from the page.

The event will also feature an audience Q&A, giving you a chance to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to know from the mind of a creative genius. This is definitely a conversation you don’t want to miss!

All tickets include a signed copy of the book (RRP £20). Tickets are £20 + £3 postage and packaging. V2 is published on Thursday 17 September, and should reach your door in the week after publication.

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login ahead of the event date.

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  • V2

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    'An immersive thriller set against a tense historical backdrop ... the joy is in the history as much as the story ... Once again Harris has placed the reader at the heart of a great historic event, using a small story to tell a great one.' FINANCIAL TIMES
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    The first rocket will take five minutes to hit London. You have six minutes to stop the second.

    Rudi Graf used to dream of sending a rocket to the moon. Instead, he has helped create the world's most sophisticated weapon: the V2 ballistic missile, capable of delivering a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound.

    In a desperate gamble to avoid defeat in the winter of 1944, Hitler orders ten thousand to be built. Haunted and disillusioned, Graf - who understands the volatile, deadly machine better than anyone - is tasked with firing these lethal 'vengeance weapons' at London.

    Kay Caton-Walsh is an officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, and a survivor of a V2 strike. As the rockets devastate London, she joins a unit of WAAFs on a mission to newly liberated Belgium. Armed with little more than a slide rule and a few equations, Kay and her colleagues will attempt to locate and destroy the launch sites.

    But at this stage in the war it's hard to know who, if anyone, you can trust. As the death toll soars, Graf and Kay fight their grim, invisible war - until one final explosion of violence causes their destinies to collide.
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    'Harris finds the poetry in physics and the soul in engineering. He makes the V2s come to life as vividly as any of his human characters ... Harris has the great gift of readability; there is no living novelist whose books I am likelier to gobble up in one sitting.' JAKE KERRIDGE, TELEGRAPH

    'I want to be the first to say it: Robert Harris scores a direct hit with V2. I was enthralled.' ANTHONY HOROWITZ

    'Astonishingly precise ... As Graf and Kay plot and counterplot, questions rise and fall like rockets. V2 will keep you pinned on a compelling trajectory.' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Harris is delivering a warning about toxic futility and the ferocious propaganda needed to fuel it. His timing is, unlike the workings of the rockets he writes about, impeccable.' EVENING STANDARD

    'There are very few authors that everyone is gagging to see what they publish next. JK Rowling is one and I would say Robert Harris is another' IAIN DALE

    'Robert Harris is at the peak of his storytelling power with V2; it takes you all the way back to the pleasure of reading Enigma.' PATRICK NEALE

    'The king of the page-turning thriller' THE i

    'Second World War buffs will enjoy Robert Harris's V2' INDEPENDENT

    'V2's portrait of a battered and weary London is not without a certain 2020 resonance.' TOM HOLLAND

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