Robert Harris on The Second Sleep

Master storyteller Robert Harris returns with 'The Second Sleep', a novel set in Exmoor in 1648.

The Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Saturday 5th October, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

  • Book signing
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

Master storyteller Robert Harris returns with The Second Sleep, a novel set in Exmoor in 1648. He talks to Robbie Millen about his new book, featuring a priest who arrives to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. But all is not as it seems, and as the story unravels so does the young priest’s faith in himself and everything he believes.

Venue Information

The Garden Theatre
Montpellier Gardens
GL50 1UW
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Second Sleep
The Second Sleep

Robert Harris


Publication date:5 Sep 2019


3.77 out of 5
11 reviews
"there is a surprising lack of narrative tension, the internal inconsistencies are confounding and we have guessed the denouement long before it arrives"
The New York Times
"The result is a truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really."
Evening Standard
"a thoroughly absorbing, page-turning novel"
The Sunday Times
"The Second Sleep’s limp premise is competently executed, but even the best writers misfire sometimes"
The Times
"Genuinely thrilling, wonderfully conceived and entirely without preaching, it probes the nature of history"
The Daily Telegraph
"When Harris is at his best — and here he is — he writes with a skill and ingenuity that few other novelists can match."
Financial Times
"Harris conjures a lost England in its mix of religiosity and brutishness."
The Guardian
"Robert Harris’s enjoyable new book has a twist not at the end"
Literary Review
"Harris is a master of plotting and, in elegant, understated third-person prose, he ratchets the tension ever upwards"
The Observer
"He's that perfect combination of equally fine writer and storyteller; the narrative is satisfying and the prose is evocative."
Irish Independent

The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect.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.