SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. "Unputdownable." (Guardian). "Gripping." (Sunday Times). The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.
"Harris' superlative skill at depicting power politics makes this an irresistibly gripping papal page-turner." Sunday Times, BOOKS OF THE YEAR "Robert Harris is incapable of writing a substandard novel." -- Alan Johnson Observer, BOOKS OF THE YEAR "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" -- David Grylls Sunday Times "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" -- Ian Sansom Guardian "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" -- Jake Kerridge Sunday Express "An electric read, like a shot of adrenalin to the heart ... rollicking and literate ... an insightful and witty thriller" -- Tim Stanley Literary Review "Britain's leading thriller writer" Daily Telegraph "A master of pace and entertainment" Observer
Robert Harris is the author of eleven bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and Conclave. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.