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The Vampyre

Tom Holland

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

* 'The Secret History of Lord Byron' - a chilling and utterly compelling gothic fantasy

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'The Secret History of Lord Byron' - a chilling and utterly compelling gothic fantasy

Infamous poet Lord Byron comes to life with incendiary brilliance in this spellbinding blend of gothic imagination and documented fact. Wandering in the mountains of Greece, the supreme sensualist is drawn to the beauty of a mysterious fugitive slave; soon he is utterly entranced, and his fate is sealed. He embarks on a life of adventure even his genius could not have foreseen; chosen to enjoy powers beyond those any vampire has ever known, Byron traverses the centuries and enters a dark, intoxicating world of long-lost secrets, ancient arts and scorching excesses of evil. But Byron's gift is also his torment: an all-consuming thirst that withers life at the root, damning all those he loves.
With its impeccable scholarship and breathtaking storytelling, THE VAMPYRE is a wonderful combination of fact and fantasy.

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Praise for The Vampyre

  • A classical alternative to the traditional tale, Byron himself would have been pleased by such an eerie, erudite addition to his myth - TIME OUT

  • Ingenious and entertaining - SUNDAY TIMES

  • A powerfully atmospheric tale - COMPANY

  • A tour de force of scholarship and gothicity - LOS ANGELES TIMES

  • A classical alternative to the traditional tale, Byron himself would have been pleased by such an eerie, erudite addition to his myth - TIME OUT

  • Ingenious and entertaining - SUNDAY TIMES

  • A powerfully atmospheric tale - COMPANY

  • A tour de force of scholarship and gothicity - LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Tom Holland

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. He is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award in 2006; Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000; In the Shadow of the Sword, which covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam; and Dynasty, a portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty.

He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. His translation of Herodotus was published in 2013 by Penguin Classics and followed in 2016 by a history of thelstan published under the Penguin Monarchs series, and in 2019 thelfl d England's Forgotten Founder as a Ladybird Expert Book. In 2007, he was the winner of the Classical Association prize, awarded to 'the individual who has done most to promote the study of the language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece and Rome'.

Holland is the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs.

He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors; as Chair of the PLR Advisory Committee and was on the committee of the Classical Association.

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