Robert Wilton

Robert Wilton has held a variety of posts in the British Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office and Cabinet Office. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo in the lead-up to the country's independence, and has now returned there as a senior international official. He divides his time between Kosovo and Cornwall.



'A sparkling gem of a novel; not only a gripping espionage thriller grounded in genuine history, but a beautiful novel. Literate, intelligent, utterly captivating. Not since Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall has a novel been so drenched in a sense of time and place - and this has a plot that blows all comers out of the water.'

Robert Wilton's sensational thriller is set in 1805 as Napoleon's Grande Armée is about to invade England, but the real pleasure is the detail on London... Bernard Cornwell meets Ken Follett... That is to say, great, intelligent fun.
Time Out

Robert Wilton has discovered a fresh vein of literary gold with this dense, superbly satisfying novel... Beautifully written, wonderfully clever, this is a triumph
Daily Telegraph

A compelling thriller
Sunday Times

Exhilarating, passionate, inspiring and literate and will garner new readers from lovers of Hilary Mantel and Bernard Cornwell alike.M.C. Scott

The Spider of Sarajevo is a tour de force of delicate, intricate, glorious spy craft... The depth of passion and intellect shines from the page... If you only read one novel about the Great War this year, make it this oneM.C. Scott

Robert Wilton is one of the smartest novelists we have. A touch of Conrad, more than a dash of Buchan... and a daring prose style that can set you blinking and thinking. Simply brilliantJohn Lawton

A learned, beautifully written, elegant spy thrillerMarcel Berlins
The Times

[A] very rewarding work of historical spy fiction... intelligent and interesting... The comptrollerate-general is a brilliant invention

Nick Rennison
BBC History magazine

Fascinating history, exciting narrative and a wonderfully gripping (true) yarn
The Bookbag