49-year-old Robert Harris, the son of a printer, was brought up in
Nottingham, England. He studied history at Cambridge where he was
president of the Cambridge Union and editor of the student newspaper, Varsity. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a
newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and The Daily
His novels have sold more than ten million copies and have been translated into
thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and four
He got started as a writer of books when he won a contract to write a biography of John le Carré; but le Carré said the book could not be published until his death, so Harris started roughing out a novel exploring what would have happened if the Nazis had won the war - which became Fatherland.
He sent a few chapters to his American agent, and didn't hear from him for two weeks, then a call came through to tell him that there was to be an auction ...