Robert Harris joined the BBC in 1978 from Cambridge and worked on Tonight and Panorama, before moving to Newsnight in 1982.
In 1987, he become Political Editor of The Observer and in 1989 became a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times. He has made several films for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, including God Bless You, Mr Chamberlain, and is the author of several works of non-fiction, including Gotcha!, Selling Hitler, Good and Faithful Servant, and A Higher Form of Killing.
His first novel, Fatherland (1992), became an instant bestseller, and was followed byEnigma three years later. Enigma was made into a film starring Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott. The film rights to his novel Archangel, (1998), have been bought by Mel Gibson.