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“A rich, old-fashioned spy thriller set in Elizabethan England . . . Its plot is an intricate set of intersecting mechanisms and locks and keys, which, when they finally all fall into place, provide the reader with the gawping satisfaction of having been well and truly fooled . . . Sentence by sentence, the book blends the leanness of a taut thriller with the marbled fatness of Elizabethan prose.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Darkly entertaining . . . Phillips writes with such breadth, intelligence and wit . . . The novel is brilliant—textured, witty and Shakespeare-deep with palace intrigue, lust, conspiracy, xenophobia and Iago-level villainy.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Arthur Phillips fans will recognize—and new readers will thrill to—the immersive mix of erudition, brio, and heart in
The King at the Edge of the World. Phillips is an original—and in top form.”—Jennifer Egan

“Terrifically engaging . . . [a] rich historical novel.”
The Washington Post
 
“A rare combination of literary finesse and quick-paced plot—and another triumph from the versatile Phillips. . . . One is reminded of Hilary Mantel's magisterial 
Wolf Hall but perhaps more pointedly of Graham Greene's novels.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Highly recommended . . . truly original . . . The indefatigably imaginative Phillips . . . offers historical fiction with aching contemporary overtones.”
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“[An] inventively multilayered novel . . . evoked in exquisite language full of subtle shadings. . . . Readers will flock to the latest from esteemed bestseller Phillips, whose signature literary prowess and nimble imagination remain ascendant.”
Booklist

“Phillips masterfully renders the period and packs the narrative with surprising twists. This clever, serpentine novel recalls the historical dramas of Hilary Mantel and the thrillers of John le Carré, and will reverberate in readers’ minds.”Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of The Tragedy of Arthur; The Song Is You, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best novels of the year by The Washington Post; Angelica, which was adapted into a 2015 film; The Egyptologist; and Prague, which was also a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. He lives in New York.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House (February 11, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0812995481
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0812995480
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 0.97 x 9.5 inches
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Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.

His first novel, PRAGUE, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received The Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His second novel, THE EGYPTOLOGIST, was an international bestseller, and was on more than a dozen "Best of 2004" lists. ANGELICA, his third novel, made The Washington Post best fiction of 2007 and led that paper to call him "One of the best writers in America." THE SONG IS YOU was a New York Times Notable Book, on the Post's best of 2009 list, and inspired Kirkus to write, "Phillips still looks like the best American novelist to have emerged in the present decade." His fifth book, THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR was published in 2011 to critical acclaim, including being named a New York Times Notable Book, and being shortlisted for the IMPAC International Literary Prize.

His newest book is THE KING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, coming in February 2020.

He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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