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Our Greatest Story Retold

Stephen Fry



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20 July 2021

Sunday Times bestsellers Mythos and Heroes have over a million sales – now comes Troy

The story of Troy speaks to all of us – the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

 troy by Stephen Fry

Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   321g
ISBN:   9781405944465
ISBN 10:   1405944463
Series:   Stephen Fry's Greek Myths
Pages:   496
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He is also the bestselling author of four novels - The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus and The Liar - as well as three volumes of autobiography - Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. Mythos and Heroes, his retelling of the Greek myths, are both Sunday Times bestsellers.

Reviews for Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold

An amiable meander through the historic sources . . . Fry's light and graceful tone helps to ease the unfamiliar reader through the complicated genealogies * The Times * An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy . . . Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales * Observer * Fry's lively writing certainly conveys his lifelong passion for Greek myths . . . It's a rollicking good read * Independent * Perfect for the 21st Century. Ebullient, funny, Fry retells the Greek myths with elegance * The Times * Lively, humorous and intimate, this retelling has real charm * Guardian * A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought we knew. Brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling -- Richard North Patterson Tragedy and passion abound as Fry retells the epic siege of Troy * Metro * Stephen Fry takes the reader into the heart of a story both mythical and grounded in history * Northern Life Magazine * This pacy, witty retelling is beautifully illustrated, with an epilogue explaining the myths and historical reality of Troy * Daily Mail * Astonishing . . . an excellent read * The Oldie * Curl up on your sofa as Stephen brings to life the legendary . . . passionate and powerful story of Troy * The List * Fry is a genial guide to Greek mythology * Daily Telegraph * Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through at the seams . . . The reader will find themselves on a fun romp through the world's greatest story * Daily Telegraph * Full of heroism, desire and drama * Eastern Daily Press * Fry really brings the tale to life, adding his own wry humour to the mix . . . Well worth a read * The Hunsbury Handbook * A story thousands of years old, only Fry could rewrite this so captivating as ever * School House * Fry takes us from the founding myth of Troy, through its most famous inhabitants and the infamous war, to the razing of the city by the vengeful and victorious Achaeans * Times *

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