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  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405940368
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

Heroes

The myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold




The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling MYTHOS. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.

In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405940368
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

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 Heroes

Assured and engaging. The pace is lively, the jokes are genuinely funny, and Fry once again proves himself a master of great learning worn lightly

Guardian

Here, indeed, be monsters, myriad adventures and machinating gods. Fry is a personable and passionate narrator

Mail on Sunday

Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy. The Greek gods of the past become relatable

Guardian (on 'Mythos')

The best thing he's written since his superb first novel . . . entertaining and edifying

Telegraph (on 'Mythos')

A rollicking good read

Independent (on 'Mythos')

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

The Times (on 'Mythos')

A wondrous new immersion in ancient stories we only thought we knew. Brilliant, funny, erudite, inventive, surprising and enthralling

Richard North Patterson (on 'Mythos')

This is a spirited retelling of stories that Fry clearly knows and loves

The Times

Fry brilliantly retells the dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales of these heroic men and women in all their grit and glory. Filled with white-knuckle chases and twisted labyrinths, impossible puzzles and blood-curdling monsters

Northern Ireland Homes & Lifestyle

Just as delightful and difficult to put down as the first. Heroes makes the stories relatable without skimping on the gory details, or sacrificing the truths of the myth. It's rich, it's funny and you'll feel like you've learned a lot

Herald

Just as delightful and difficult to put down as the first. It makes stories relatable without skimping on the gory details

Sunday Life

Rich, funny and you'll feel like you've learned a lot along the way

Eastern Daily Press

Fry makes the stories relatable without skimping on the wonderful gory details, or sacrificing the traditional truths of the myth

i (The paper for today)

Tales of fatal flaws, perilous journeys and shining acts of heroism are told with gusto and young and old will be engrossed. The audiobook is an absolute gem too, read by the author who has a winning way of bringing these epic tales to life

Western Morning News

Stephen Fry has created a magnificent book. Humorous, but with serious stories told with wit and erudition. This is a book that will delight readers of all ages. Fry's writing is never less than delightful

Moorlander

Fry is a natural storyteller and his lively retellings make for an entertaining read

Hannah Beckerman, Observer

The comedian and polymath retells age-old Greek myths in dramatic, modernised style

i

One of the nation's favourite intellectuals retells the epic myths of the Greek heroes in his own unique and very enjoyable way

Cambridge Independent

Ebullient and funny

The Times

Entertaining and edifying

Daily Telegraph

A rollicking good read

Independent

Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm

Mail on Sunday

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