Why this book?
Having brought us Fatherland (which deserves its own entry, of course) Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in the 1660s and centres on the hunt for the regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of King Charles I in 1649. The story focuses on two regicides in particular – Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, William Goffe, who fled to the Puritan colonies of New England to escape capture. The dark heart of the story is a fictional official named Richard Naylor – a man with a grudge who leads the hunt for Whalley and Goffe and pursues them for years... what follows is a gripping tale of cat and mouse, full action – The Fugitive meets The Revenant.
Act of Oblivion
Why should I read it?
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What is this book about?
'A belter of a thriller' THE TIMES
'A master storyteller . . . an important book for our particular historical moment' OBSERVER
'His best since Fatherland' SUNDAY TIMES
'From what is it they flee?'
He took a while to reply. By the time he spoke the men had gone inside. He said quietly, 'They killed the King.'
1660. Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law, Colonel William Goffe, cross the Atlantic. Having been found guilty of high treason for the murder of Charles the I, they are wanted and on the run. A reward hangs over their heads - for their…
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