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Tom Holland - Author

About the Author

Tom Holland received a double first from Cambridge. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. His scholarly style is perfect to reposition him as a writer of non-fiction as well as fiction.

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The Micro-workout Plan

The Micro-workout Plan

Author: Tom Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Ditch the gym! It's not about how long you exercise--or where--but about the type of moves you do. Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland introduces micro-workouts for optimal health that will help you achieve the body you want. Does the prospect of spending long hours at the gym deter you from exercising? Tom Holland has a much better approach: excessive moderation utilizing manageable micro-workouts that provide maximum, long-term results by engaging your full body, elevating your heart rate, accelerating physical conditioning, and increasing circulation and energy. They're perfect for the busy people who don't have time for the gym and want to exercise when, where, and for however long they want. In The Micro-Workout Plan, Tom shares the knowledge he's gained from 30 years in the fitness industry, debunks myths, explains why micro-workouts succeed, and offers a motivating, manageable method for fitness well-being. He provides actionable steps with 30 5-minute mix-and-match micro-workout routines: just two to four 5-minute micro-workouts a day done whenever and wherever you want will target your whole body and help you achieve the daily activity required for optimal health. Plus, there's a step-by-step photographic section of 80 exercises teaching proper form. With this book in hand, you can ditch the gym and get the same experience at home.

Dominion

Dominion

Author: Tom Holland Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity's enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. That is why Dominion will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, it will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. The aim is twofold: to make the reader appreciate just how novel and uncanny were Christian teachings when they first appeared in the world; and to make ourselves, and all that we take for granted, appear similarly strange in consequence. We stand at the end-point of an extraordinary transformation in the understanding of what it is to be human: one that can only be fully appreciated by tracing the arc of its parabola over millennia.

Dominion

Dominion

Author: Tom Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity's enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. That is why Dominion will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, it will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. The aim is twofold: to make the reader appreciate just how novel and uncanny were Christian teachings when they first appeared in the world; and to make ourselves, and all that we take for granted, appear similarly strange in consequence. We stand at the end-point of an extraordinary transformation in the understanding of what it is to be human: one that can only be fully appreciated by tracing the arc of its parabola over millennia.

AEthelflaed: A Ladybird Expert Book

AEthelflaed: A Ladybird Expert Book

Author: Tom Holland Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

DISCOVER THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMAN THAT ENGLISH HISTORY FORGOT Part of the ALL-NEW LADYBIRD EXPERT SERIES. - Who was AEthelflaed? - What role did she play in the founding of England? - How has her legacy lasted to this day? DISCOVER the epic history of England's forgotten queen. Planting cities, sponsoring learning and defeating her people's enemies, AEthelflaed laid the foundations of a kingdom that lasts to this day. Tom Holland's AEthelflaed puts a spotlight on this formidable leader, pulling her out of the shadowy history of the dark ages.

Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs)

Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs)

Author: Tom Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers - now in paperback The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson AEthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae. Tom Holland recounts this extraordinarily exciting story with relish and drama. We meet the great figures of the age, including Alfred and his daughter AEthelflaed, 'Lady of the Mercians', who brought AEthelstan up at the Mercian court. At the end of the book we understand the often confusing history of the Anglo-Saxon kings better than ever before.

Dynastie

Dynastie

Author: Tom Holland Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2016

Lebendig, spannend und dramatisch wie in einem Historienroman erzahlt Tom Holland das Leben und Wirken der ersten romischen Kaiser. Ein groartiges und packendes Portrat der julisch-claudischen Dynastie, die die romische Welt grundlegend verwandelte. Aufstieg und Niedergang eines romischen Kaiserhauses: Blutige Hofintrigen, die groe Politik, atemberaubende Bauprojekte, die groen Eroberungszuge, nachtelange Orgien und exotische Gladiatorenkampfe - das ist die Buhne, auf der Kaiser agieren, ihre Macht etablieren und das Imperium nach dem Zusammenbruch der Republik neu ordnen. Glanzend entlarvt der Autor zugleich manche Klischees von dekadenten romischen Herrschern und wei doch das "e;Menschlich-Allzumenschliche"e; der politischen Akteure meisterhaft in Szene zu setzen: Tiberius, der groe Feldherr, der sich verbittert auf Capri zuruckzog, beruchtigt fur seine perversen Neigungen, Caligula, ein Meister der Grausamkeit und Provokation, der sein Pferd zum Konsul machte, Nero, der sich als Kunstler sah, einen Eunuchen heiratete und einen gigantischen Palast im Zentrum Roms bauen lie. Wie nie zuvor ist dieses Kapitel der Weltgeschichte zu einer atemberaubenden Erzahlung verdichtet worden.

Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs)

Athelstan (Penguin Monarchs)

Author: Tom Holland Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

The formation of England occurred against the odds: an island divided into rival kingdoms, under savage assault from Viking hordes. But, after King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex and his son Edward expanded it, his grandson Athelstan inherited the rule of both Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and was hailed as Rex totius Britanniae: 'King of the whole of Britain'. Tom Holland recounts this extraordinary story with relish and drama, transporting us back to a time of omens, raven harbingers and blood-red battlefields. As well as giving form to the figure of Athelstan - devout, shrewd, all too aware of the precarious nature of his power, especially in the north - he introduces the great figures of the age, including Alfred and his daughter Aethelflaed, 'Lady of the Mercians', who brought Athelstan up at the Mercian court. Making sense of the family rivalries and fractious conflicts of the Anglo-Saxon rulers, Holland shows us how a royal dynasty rescued their kingdom from near-oblivion and fashioned a nation that endures to this day.

Dynasty

Dynasty

Author: Tom Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

'This is a wonderful, surging narrative - a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of the ancient sources . . . This is a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature - and it has never been better told' - Boris Johnson, Mail on Sunday Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus,' their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

Let's Talk About Prayer

Let's Talk About Prayer

Author: Tom Holland Format: eBook Release Date: 23/11/2015

Though prayer is the Christians vital breath it raises many questions: if God is in control of everything whats the point of praying? how is prayer related to healing? what about unanswered prayer?In this remarkable bookTom Holland uses a series of conversations between a pastor and members of his congregation to help us think through these and other questions in the light of biblical teaching.ReviewsTom Holland brings to this book the wisdom of a long-serving minister, the heart of a caring pastor, and the knowledge of an internationally respected theologian. That is a very rare combination and no subject is better served by it than a discussion of prayer. In these pages you will discover not only profound truth simply explained but answers to the questions we have all asked when struggling to pray. - Rev. Phil Hill BA, MPhil, Pastoral and Church Theologian, Wales Evangelical School of Theology,Tom Holland asks the right questions and thereby primes the pump for an eminently readable, engaging and informative reflection on the practice of prayer. All readers, whatever their spiritual maturity, will find much to stimulate their thinking and better equip them to pray. - Dr Lawson Murray, President - Scripture Union Canada.This is a unique book. Its teaching on prayer through dialogue makes it an easy and fast-paced read that proves challenging to ones prayer life. And the characters bring to it a pastoral reality, as issues such as parenthood, bereavement, healing, and personal evangelism are dealt with. A great little aid for all of us who wrestle in prayer. - Natalie Brand, lecturer, writer and motherThe book deals with many questions about prayer, constantly asked by Christians; for instance, Why pray when God is sovereign? What about healing? Since Jesus said I do not pray for the world, should we pray for unbelievers? One chapter is particularly relevant for a young couple with their first baby intruding into their quite times. This chapter also lays stress on the importance of prayer with others - the church prayer meeting. The final chapter, on prayer in times of darkness, is moving, for the couple face the possibility of the death of their child. All in all helpful, unusual and not without challenge for believers at every stage, although particularly helpful for those young in age and spiritual maturity. - Philip Grist in The Evangelical Times

Dynasty

Dynasty

Author: Tom Holland Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus', their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

Rubikon

Rubikon

Author: Tom Holland Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2015

Aufstieg und Untergang der Romischen Republik: Mit stilistischer Brillanz und historischem Scharfsinn erzahlt Tom Holland die romische Geschichte von ihren etruskischen Anfangen bis zur Ermordung Caesars. "e;Erzahlte Geschichte vom Feinsten. Ein Buch, das mich wirklich gefesselt hat."e; Ian McEwan "e;Eine atemberaubende und glanzend geschriebene Gesamtschau der Machtkampfe im Rom von Caesar und Cicero."e; Uwe Walter "e;Eine packende, spannende und ungemein unterhaltsame Darstellung der romischen Republik."e; Books of the Year, Sunday Times "e;Tom Holland erzahlt den Untergang der romischen Republik neu: ein geistreiches Werk. Hochaktuell."e; Independent on Sunday

Swim, Bike, Run, Eat

Swim, Bike, Run, Eat

Author: Tom Holland, Amy Goodson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

It's race day and you have your quick-closure running shoes, sleek suits, bikes, goggles, and watches, but if you haven't been training with the proper nutrition, you'll be left in the dust in the third mile. Enter Swim, Bike, Run--Eat to guide you through day one of training to the finish line and help your body perform at the peak of fitness. In this book, an ideal companion to author Tom Holland's The 12-Week Triathlete, he will join sports dietitian Amy Goodson covering race-day essentials, food choices to complement your training regimen, as well as recovery nutrition. Learn how to determine what to eat; what to drink; how many calories to consume each day; whether or not to carry snacks while training; the difference between taking in calories from solid foods, semi-solids, and liquids; and whether or not to take electrolyte or salt tablets. Casual and core triathletes alike require a nutrition guide that is easy to understand with expert advice that is easy to implement. Look no further and get ready to take your triathlon to a new, healthier level.

In The Shadow Of The Sword

In The Shadow Of The Sword

Author: Tom Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'A stunning blockbuster' Robert Fisk 'A compelling detective story of the highest order' Sunday Times In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world. But the changes that marked the period were more than merely political or even cultural: there was also a transformation of human society with incalculable consequences for the future. Today, over half the world's population subscribes to one of the various religions that took on something like their final form during the last centuries of antiquity. Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god to think or behave in a certain way, they bear witness to the abiding impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age - though as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe about the origins of their religion is open to debate. In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen.

Mohammed, der Koran und die Entstehung des arabischen Weltreichs

Mohammed, der Koran und die Entstehung des arabischen Weltreichs

Author: Tom Holland Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2012

Tom Holland erzahlt den erstaunlichen Aufstieg der Araber im 7. und 8. Jahrhundert n. Chr. zu einer imperialen Weltmacht, die die antiken Reiche abloste. Mit stilistischer Brillanz und mit historischem Scharfsinn schildert er die ungeheure Dynamik, mit der der Islam in religios-politischen Konflikten mit Juden und Christen die antike Welt von Grund auf veranderte. Niemand ahnte um die Wende vom 6. zum 7. Jahrhundert, dass die Araber eine weltgeschichtliche Revolution herbeifuhren wurden. Ausgehend von den legendenumrankten Lebensbeschreibungen des Propheten, schildert der Autor das politische Wirken Mohammeds und der Kalifen bis zur Grundung Bagdads im Jahre 762. Im Zentrum stehen die geistig-politischen Umwalzungen und die kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen mit den Gromachten der damaligen Zeit. Zugleich spurt er den tiefer liegenden Grunden nach, warum und wie Mohammeds Offenbarungen in einem abgelegenen Winkel der damaligen Welt und seine unbedingte Forderung nach einer Unterwerfung unter Allah der menschlichen Zivilisation ein neues Gesicht gaben.

Beat the Gym

Beat the Gym

Author: Tom Holland, Megan McMorris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Many people want to work out and get fit but are intimidated by the gym-the machines, the free weights, the classes, the instructors, the trainers, the regulars, even the clothes. They end up doing a workout or taking a class that isn't right for their goals or that is even downright dangerous for their health. In Beat the Gym , elite fitness trainer Tom Holland takes the stress out of working out, giving readers a step-by-step tour through the gym. He explains all the equipment, all of the classes, and how to fashion the right workout to meet personal fitness goals. Most importantly, he reveals the secrets trainers charge thousands of dollars for. A personal trainer with more than 30 years of experience, Holland makes readers comfortable, knowledgeable, and pumped to get to the gym, and guides them towards their objective-whether they want to run a marathon, lose weight, get ripped, or just make the the most out of their lunch break. From choosing the right gym to working out without injuries, picking the right classes to staying motivated, buying fitness equipment to the proper attire, Beat the Gym will inform and inspire readersof all fitness levels, whether a novice or a devoted regular.

Millennium

Millennium

Author: Tom Holland Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2010

Mit "e;Millenium"e; schliet Tom Holland an seinen weltweiten Erfolg "e;Persisches Feuer"e; an. Anno Domini 900: Von drei Himmelsrichtungen durch unerbittliche Feinde bedrangt, wahrend in der vierten Richtung nur der Ozean lag, schien es, dass der christlichen Bevolkerung keinerlei Spielraum mehr blieb. Und im Schatten des Jahrtausendwechsels befurchteten viele, dass der Antichrist erscheinen wurde, um die Welt in Blut zu ertranken und ihr Ende anzukunden. Doch das Christentum brach nicht zusammen. Vielmehr wurde in den Erschutterungen jener furchtbaren Zeiten eine neue Zivilisation geschmiedet. In weit ausholendem epischem Zugriff, der uns von der Kreuzigung Christi zum Ersten Kreuzzug mitnimmt, vom Prunk Konstantinopels zu den trostlosen Kusten Kanadas, ist "e;Millennium"e; die brillante Darstellung einer schicksalstrachtigen Revolution: dem Auftauchen Westeuropas als einer unterscheidbaren, expansionistischen Macht.