5-conclave

5 Conclave by Robert Harris

Hardback £20

Staff Recommendation: Find a comfortable chair and turn off your phone; this gripping thriller demands your full attention. The Pope has died and over a hundred cardinals have travelled from around the world to vote for his successor. One among them must be chosen to lead the faith. They must choose wisely, they must show a unified face to the world, but within the conclave are wildly disparate agendas vying for support. Cardinal Lomeli, who must preside over the conclave and all its factions, has his own questions and doubts about the cardinals. Harris conjures a world of secrets, shifting allegiances and ambition as he plunges us into the fascinating rituals of faith and politics.