"Boris could get a deal through, then we have a mini-boom and he wins by a landslide". Interview by Tim Shipman.

Robert Harris ought to be happy, but he is not — and that's just as well because it means Britain's most accomplished thriller writer still has something to get off his chest.

When he greets me off the train from London it is hard for me as a fellow political journalist who writes books not to feel a pang of envy towards the man who wrote columns for The Sunday Times and The Observer before penning a dozen bestsellers.

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