born on March 7,1957 in Nottingham, England. Harris always seemed to
have a passion for words. As a high school student he was part of the
school paper, as well as when he was in college at Selwyn College, in
Cambridge where he was the editor of the student paper Varsity.
After college, Harris began his career as a reporter for the BBC,
working on the news and current events for various BBC television
programs. He worked here until 1987 when he accepted the position of
political editor for The Observer. After this he often wrote columns for
The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph.
Harris continued with his work, all the while writing several
non-fiction novels that were published but without much fanfare. It
wasn’t until his historical novel, Fatherland was published that Harris
could retire to write full time. This novel sold a million copies and
enabled him to buy a home to write from. This novel was turned into an
HBO film in 1994. This wouldn’t be the last time one of Harris’s novels
was produced for the one screen or another. His next novel, Enigma, was
also made into a movie; however Harris did not write the screenplay for
this movie. His next novel, Archangel, was adapted for a BBC mini-series
Harris has gone on to write many more novels, and has worked with Roman
Polanski for his novel, Ghost. Harris now lives in Newbury, England with
his wife Gill Hornby. They have four children.