Imperium by Robert Harris
I love the way Robert Harris creates genre fiction – political thrillers, crime novels – but in ways and historical (or imaginative) settings that teach you about the history of the time and place, and our modern world. Such is the case with Imperium, a novel about ancient Roman politics, and about one of the great figures of Republican Rome: Cicero. The narrator – the slave Tiro – takes on Cicero’s journey from new man to the highest position in the Roman Republic – Consul. It makes for a thrilling novel, and at the same time the reader is taken on a exploration of the labyrinth of ancient Roman politics and political institutions. An excellent book for people who like historical fiction, are interested in that turbulent period in history or just like a good thriller.