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  • Published: 29 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405944731
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

Troy

Our Greatest Story Retold




Following Top Ten bestsellers Mythos and Heroes, this third volume retells the epic tale of 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.

  • Published: 29 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405944731
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry was born in Hampstead in 1957 and, following a troubled adolescence, went on to study English Literature at Queen's College, Cambridge. As well as being the bestselling author of four novels, The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar, and two volumes of his autobiography, Fry played Peter in Peter's Friends, Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the television series Jeeves & Wooster and (a closely guarded show-business secret, this) Laurie in the television series Fry & Laurie. More recently, he presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. Before it was announced that Fry would retire as moderator, his legions of fans tuned in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.

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.

More recently he 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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Praise for Troy

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

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

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

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

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'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

A story thousands of years old, only Fry could rewrite this so captivating as ever

School House

Fry really brings the tale to life, adding his own wry humour to the mix . . . Well worth a read

The Hunsbury Handbook

Fry is a genial guide to Greek mythology

Daily Telegraph

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

This pacy, witty retelling is beautifully illustrated, with an epilogue explaining the myths and historical reality of Troy

Daily Mail

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Troy by Stephen Fry Book Trailer

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. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2WMdtQx

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