Why this book?
British author Robert Harris's best-selling novel Pompeii, published by Random House in 2003, is considered historically accurate. Its hero is Marcus Attilius Primus, a hydraulic engineer put in charge of the Pompeian aqueducts. When the flow of water into the town suddenly stops, Attilius explores Vesuvius in attempting to find the cause. This is not a whodunit but a whenwillit, said The Guardian in its enthusiastic review.
Why should I read it?
4 authors picked Pompeii as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
'A pulse-rate-speeding masterpiece' Sunday Times
'A stunning novel . . . the subtlety and power of its construction holds our attention to the end' The Times
During a sweltering week in late August, as Rome's richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has suddenly ceased to flow . . .
Through the eyes of four characters - a young engineer, an adolescent girl, a corrupt…