In 2008, the gun that was used to kill John F Kennedy’s assassin was auctioned off as part of “a pop culture collection”. Other items included the (...)

The best dystopian novels are really about the societies in which they are written and not exercises in futurology

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. It inspired the title of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future in which firemen (...)

Robert Harris: trademark approach. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex

It was the dodgiest of all dossiers. “It’s quite small,” says Robert Harris. “It was written on very flimsy paper – rice paper, or old-style typing pa(...)