Harris’ superlative skill at depicting power politics makes this an irresistibly gripping papal page-turner.
"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)