Tom Holland (author)

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Thomas Holland (born 1968) is a British novelist and historian, who has published several popular works on classical and medieval history as well as creating two documentaries.

Biography[edit]

Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He was educated at Chafyn Grove School, Canford School, and Queens' College, Cambridge,[1] where he obtained a double First in English and Latin.[2] He has adapted Herodotus, Homer, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio 4. His novels are set in the past, and generally include a supernatural/horror element. He is the author of several non-fiction books about the ancient world.

In 2004, he was awarded the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content, for his book Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic.[3]

In 2011, he presented and wrote Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters, a BBC Four programme exploring the influence of fossils on mythology.[4]

In August 2012, he produced a programme for Channel 4 entitled Islam: The Untold Story.[5] Contributors included Professor Patricia Crone. The programme generated a response from British Muslims, with more than 1,000 complaints received by Ofcom and Channel 4.[6][7] A planned screening of Islam: The Untold Story before an audience of historians was cancelled, due to security concerns raised from threats received by Holland as a result of the documentary.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Holland lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He is a keen cricket fan and member of the Authors XI cricket team.[10] He has written about receiving batting training from England captain Alastair Cook, and once hit a six.[11]

Books[edit]

Series[edit]

  • The Vampyre: Being the True Pilgrimage of George Gordon, Sixth Lord Byron (1995), ISBN 0-316-91227-1 (published in the US as Lord of the Dead)
  • Supping with Panthers (1996), ISBN 0-316-87622-4 (published in the US as Slave of My Thirst)

Novels[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

Plays[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

Translation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'HOLLAND, Thomas (born 5 January 1968)' in Who's Who 2013
  2. ^ Georges T. Dodds (June 1999). "A Conversation With Tom Holland". The SF Site. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hessell-Tiltman Prize". English PEN. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Islam – The Untold Story". Channel 4. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Lisa O'Carroll (3 September 2012). "Channel 4 documentary Islam: The Untold Story receives 1,200 complaints". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Christopher Howse (29 August 2012). "Islam: the Untold Story, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ John Hall (11 September 2012). "Channel 4 cancels controversial screening of Islam: The Untold Story documentary after presenter Tom Holland is threatened". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Channel 4 cancels screening of Islam film over security fears". The Week. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  10. ^ tp://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2377911/The-pen-mightier-cricket-bat-THE-AUTHORS-XI-A-SEASON-OF-ENGLISH-CRICKET-FROM-HACKNEY-TO-HAMBLEDON-BY-THE-AUTHORS-CRICKET-CLUB.html
  11. ^ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/98667cb4-4c03-11e3-8203-00144feabdc0.html

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