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Tom Holland in conversation with Caroline Sanderson answers his own question, ‘Why do we think the way we do?’ Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, Tom explores just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion’s claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.
‘Deft and skilful… a sensational story’ Observer
‘a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of the ancient sources…a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature – and it has never been better told’ Mail on Sunday
‘Holland has all the talents of an accomplished novelist: a gift for narrative, a lively sense of drama and a fine ear for the rhythm of a sentence.’ Terry Eagleton Guardian
Tom Holland, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs. He has also adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for the BBC. He served two years as the Chair of the Society of Authors and is Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory Committee. In 2007 he won 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’. His books include Rubicon (winner of Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize) Persian Fire (2006 winner of Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award) Millennium, In the Shadow of the Sword and Dynasty.
Caroline Sanderson is Associate and non-fiction Editor of The Bookseller, co-hosts BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s monthly book club, and is Artistic Director of Stroud Book Festival. She has chaired events at Cheltenham Literature Festival among many others, and her five non-fiction books include A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen and Someone Like Adele.