Allan Massie's Caesar is a perception of greatness overreaching itself. Through the eyes of one of his comrades, Decimus Brutus, we observe Caesar the enchanter, the showman, the general whose soldiers will follow him anywhere, while their wives supply his bed. We see the man of authority whose charm can be devastating but whose emotional engagement is nil.
In his third Roman novel after Tiberius and Augustus, Allan Massie writes with a wry wit about human frailty, while political philosophy has never before been clothed in such an atmosphere of highly charged sexuality.
'Massie's achievement is to infuse the mythical emperor with blood . . . he invigorates his characters with voices that seem to echo the present, not the past, and which are utterly convincing . . . a piece of bravura invention' Independent
Allan Massie is the award-winning author of twenty-five novels, including the Roman series Antony, Augustus, Tiberius, Caesar, Nero's Heirs and Caligula, as well as several works of non-fiction. Also a journalist and critic of fiction, he writes regularly for The Scotsman, Sunday Times (Scotland) and the Scottish Daily Mail and contributes to the Spectator, Literary Review and Catholic Herald. Born in Singapore, he grew up in Aberdeenshire and now lives in the Scottish borders. He was appointed a CBE in 2013.