Stephen Fry TROY Our Greatest Story Retold


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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 - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, 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 naturally, 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, the Trojan slave Briseis, 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, 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.

About the Author

Since 1991 and the publication of his debut novel The Liar, actor and comedian Stephen Fry has enjoyed an almost unique position in British culture, balancing his talents as an entertainer whilst being recognised as a novelist with heavyweight credential. His three biographies were all runaway critical successes, and Fry is also recognised across the world as the audiobook voice of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

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'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' - The Observer

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


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