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The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach
  

The Last King of Lydia

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We all know Croesus – the king who we aspire to be as rich as – but this beautiful entrancing first novel brings to life his story, or at least provides a little more detail to his legend. Defeated and about to die he remembers back to a conversation with a great philosopher about happiness and relives his and his kingdom’s rise and fall as he finally understands what the philosopher meant. Perhaps more of a fable than pure historical fiction but enchanting and enjoyable none the less.

If you like Tim Leach you might also like to read books by Mary Renault, Steven Pressfield and No matches.

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Synopsis

The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach

A defeated king stands on top of a pyre. His conqueror, the Persian ruler Cyrus, signals to his guards; they step forward and touch flaming torches to the dry wood. Croesus, once the wealthiest man of the ancient world, is to be burned alive. As he watches the flames catch, Croesus thinks back over his life. He remembers the time he asked the old Athenian philosopher, Solon, who was the happiest man in the world. Croesus used to think it was him. But then all his riches could not remove the spear from his dying elder son's chest; could not bring his mute younger son to speak; could not make him as wise as his own chief slave; could not bring his wife's love back; could not prevent his army from being torn apart and his kingdom lost. As the old philosopher had replied, a man's happiness can only be measured when he is dead. The first coils of smoke wrap around Croesus' neck like a noose...

About the Author

Tim Leach is in his late twenties and lives in London. He is a recent graduate of the MA writing course at Warwick University, and is now teaching creative writing there on the undergraduate programme. This is his first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

Tim Leach

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www.tim-leach.co.uk/
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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857899194

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