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Troy

by Stephen Fry

Part of the Stephen Fry's Greek Myths Series

Historical Fiction

Troy Synopsis

Step into Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the legend of Troy - a tale of love and war, passion and power - following his sensational bestsellers MYTHOS and HEROES

Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .

The story of Troy speaks to all of us. It is the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, which sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.

It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and nature takes its course.

It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides. The Greeks cannot defeat the Trojans - since Achilles, the Greek's boldest warrior, is consumed with jealousy over an ally's choice of lover and will not fight . . .

The stage is set for the oldest and greatest story ever told, where monstrous passions meet the highest ideals and the lowest cunning.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, 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 is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves, which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life for our modern age.

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Troy Press Reviews

A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought we knew. Brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling -- Richard North Patterson Lively, humorous and intimate, this retelling has real charm - Guardian

Perfect for the 21st Century. Ebullient, funny, Fry retells the Greek myths with elegance - The Times

Fry's lively writing certainly conveys his lifelong passion for Greek myths . . . It's a rollicking good read - Independent

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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405944731
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9780241424582
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241424582
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction,
Categories: Myth & legend told as fiction, Folklore, myths & legends, Poetry, Monsters & legendary beings, Mysticism, magic & ritual,

About Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. He also presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

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