José Rodrigues dos Santos


The Author

José Rodrigues dos Santos is the bestselling novelist in Portugal. He is the author of seven essays and nineteen novels, including Portuguese blockbusters Codex 632, which sold 217 000 copies, The Einstein Enigma, 204 000 copies, The Seventh Seal, 207 000 copies, and The Wrath of God, 198 000 copies in Portugal. His worldwide sales exceed 3 million copies, reaching the nº1 position in bestselling charts of several countries.

José’s fiction is published or is about to be published in 20 languages. His novels The Wrath of God won the 2009 Porto Literary Club Award, The Devil's Hand won the 2012 Best Novel Award of Portal da Literatura, and The Governor's Lover won the 2018 Bertrand Best Novel Award. His other novels, Codex 632 and The Einstein Enigma, were longlisted for the 2010 and 2012 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

José is also a journalist and for 25 years a university professor. He works for Portuguese public television, where he presents Telejornal, RTP’s Evening News. As a reporter he has covered wars around the globe, including Angola, East Timor, South Africa, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Lebanon, Georgia and Libya. His latest field assignments have been the 2014 Ukranian crisis and the 2014 Iraqi war on ISIS. He has been awarded three times by CNN for his reporting and twice by the Portuguese Press Club.

José has a Ph. D. in war reporting.

He is considered by readers Portugal’s best contemporary writer, according to opinion polls by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Novelist of Portugal and the 5 Star Literary Personality of Portugal.

His latest novel, The Governor's Lover, has just been released and has already sold 60 000 copies. The book tells the story of Macau during the Second World War. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, invaded Hong Kong and surrounded Macau. With the enemy at the gates, Portuguese governor Artur Teixeira faces the biggest threat to the Portuguese empire during Second World War. Opposing him is colonel Sawa, head of the Kempeitai, who threatens to invade the Portuguese colony in China.
To save Macau, the governor relies on his wits and the help of a handful of men and women - including the Chinese concubine of Colonel Sawa. The plot thickens when Teixeira falls in love with her.

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