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Robert Merle

Robert Merle (1908-2004) was born in French Algeria, before moving to mainland France in 1918. Originally an English teacher, Merle served as an interpreter with British Expeditionary Force during the Second World War, and was captured by the German army at Dunkirk, the experience of which served as the basis for his Goncourt-prize-winning Weekend at Zuydcoote. He published the 13…
Posted 13th July 2018

League of Spies: An Extract

'Both wise and audacious, constantly nudging up against the extraordinary' - New York Times Book Review 'Swashbuckling historical fiction' - Guardian 'Modern-day Dumas finally crosses the channel' - Observer We originally brought Robert Merle's Fortunes of France series to the English-speaking world in 2014 and the long-awaited fourth instalment, League of Spies, is finally here! The series has sold over five million…
Posted 1st July 2018

A Feast of Fortune

‘A master of the historical novel’ - Guardian ‘Both wise and audacious, constantly nudging up against the extraordinary’ - New York Times Book Review ‘France's modern Dumas’ - Sunday Times   Not only are we delighted to announce the publication of Robert Merle’s spectacular fourth instalment, League of Spies, but to also introduce our beautifully redesigned editions of the whole Fortunes of France series so far!…
Posted 15th March 2016

Fortunes of France: A Beginner’s Guide

With Heretic Dawn, the third book in the series, now out, Commissioning Editor Daniel Seton explains why you should plunge yourself headlong into Fortunes of France... Were you raised on a diet of Hornblower? Are you a fan of Flashman? Is the wait for the final Wolf Hall novel too much to bear? Then I suspect our swashbuckling sixteenth-century saga,…
Posted 19th September 2014

The Brethren Finally Land on British Shores

This month sees the long-overdue arrival in the UK of one of France’s most popular series of modern times. The Brethren is the first chapter in the swashbuckling sixteenth-century saga Fortunes of France, and its author, Robert Merle, has been described as the Dumas of the twentieth century. The series has sold five million copies around the world but has…