Book of the month for September


This month’s Book of the Month recommendation is The Second Sleep by Robert Harris.

As September features the first ever virtual history festival in Buckinghamshire we decided to choose a historical fiction book this month and what a book! Full of suspense and twists and turns this will definitely be one to remember. 


About the book

From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy - a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before.

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.

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'One word: wonderful. Two words: compulsive reading. Three words: buy it tomorrow. Four words: tonight, if possible.' - Stephen King

'This is a novel that not only makes you smile at the author's brilliance, but induces a shiver of dread at how real it all seems' - The Financial Times

'His portrait of a future Britain that has more in common with the distant past than the present is rendered with immense skill and a subtle ironic humour.' - The Sunday Express

'Genuinely thrilling, wonderfully conceived and entirely without preaching, it probes the nature of history.' - The Daily Telegraph

'A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative in which the author pulls us ever deeper into the imaginative world he has created…it poses challenging questions about the meaning of the past, the idea of progress and the stability of civilisation. A fine addition to Harris's diverse body of work.' - The Sunday Times

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