Robert Harris: Act of Oblivion

The bestselling author and master storyteller reveals his brand new novel

Robert Harris is one of Britain’s most revered and biggest-selling authors, whose novels have ranged widely across history and politics.  Many of them have been adapted into films and television series.  In his new novel he goes back to 1660.  Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law Colonel William Goffe have crossed the Atlantic, on the run and wanted for the murder of Charles the First.  Under the provisions of the Act of Oblivion they have been found guilty in absentia of high treason.  In London, Richard Naylor, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is tasked with tracking down the fugitives.  Robert Harris will be in conversation about his thrilling new novel with Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Critic on the Sunday Times.

“Harris is a master of historical fiction, a compelling author who brings to life the recent and ancient past.


Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of fourteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy – ImperiumLustrum and Dictator – FatherlandEnigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, ConclaveMunich, The Second Sleep and V2. His work has been translated into forty languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

Peter Kemp

Peter Kemp is the Chief Fiction Reviewer for the Sunday Times and was also the paper’s Fiction Editor from 1994 to 2010. He is a frequent speaker at literary festivals in Britain and overseas and has regularly broadcast on BBC programmes such as Open Book, Saturday Review and Front Row.