Tom Holland (author)
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Genre||Literary fiction, Nonfiction, History|
|Notable works||Persian Fire
In the Shadow of the Sword
|Relatives||James Holland (brother)|
Thomas Holland (born 1968) is a British writer and historian, who has published several popular works on classical and medieval history as well as creating two documentaries.
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, where he obtained a double First in English and Latin. 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 August 2012, he produced a documentary for Channel 4 entitled Islam: The Untold Story, which provoked what Holland described as "a firestorm of death threats" against him. Contributors included Professor Patricia Crone. The programme generated a strongly negative response from some British Muslims, with more than 1,000 complaints received by Ofcom and Channel 4. 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.
In March 2015, Holland published a piece entitled in the New Statesman. It argued that the jihadis of ISIS call themselves Islamic and people like Mehdi Hasan, ought not to deny it, as he had in the previous week's issue. Holland wrote that "It is not merely coincidence that ISIS currently boasts a caliph, imposes quranically mandated taxes, topples idols, chops the hands off thieves, stones adulterers, executes homosexuals and carries a flag that bears the Muslim declaration of faith."
Holland lives in London with his wife and two daughters. He is a keen cricket fan and member of the Authors XI cricket team. He has written about receiving batting training from England captain Alastair Cook, and once hit a six. He has since claimed that he will write a history book about using an extended piece of wood to hit balls.
- The Poison in the Blood (2006), ISBN 0-349-11964-3
- The Importance of Being Frank (first professional performance 1991, text published 1997), ISBN 0-9530587-1-9
- Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic (2003), ISBN 0-316-86130-8
- Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West (2005), ISBN 0-316-72664-8
- Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom (US Title: The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West) (2008), ISBN 978-0-316-73245-1
- "The Persian Way of War", essay in Lapham's Quarterly, Winter 2008.
- In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World (2012), ISBN 1-4087-0007-7
- The Histories - Herodotus translated by Tom Holland (2013), ISBN 978-0-713-99977-8
- 'HOLLAND, Thomas (born 5 January 1968)' in Who's Who 2013
- Georges T. Dodds (June 1999). "A Conversation With Tom Holland". The SF Site. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Hessell-Tiltman Prize". English PEN. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Dinosaurs, Myths and Monsters". BBC. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- "Islam – The Untold Story". Channel 4. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- Holland, Tom (8 January 2015). "Viewpoint: The roots of the battle for free speech". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Lisa O'Carroll (3 September 2012). "Channel 4 documentary Islam: The Untold Story receives 1,200 complaints". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- Christopher Howse (29 August 2012). "Islam: the Untold Story, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- 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.
- "Channel 4 cancels screening of Islam film over security fears". The Week. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- newstatesman.com: "Tom Holland: We must not deny the religious roots of Islamic State", 17 Mar 2015
- "Tom Holland on This Week". Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- Marcus Berkmann (25 Jul 2013), The pen is mightier than the cricket bat: THE AUTHORS XI: A SEASON OF ENGLISH CRICKET FROM HACKNEY TO HAMBLEDON BY THE AUTHORS CRICKET CLUB, MailOnline, retrieved 21 Jan 2015
- Holland, Tom (2013-11-15). "FT Masterclass: Batting with Alastair Cook". FT.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
- Tom Holland's official website
- Tom Holland on Twitter
- Holland's page, Conville and Walsh literary agents
- Interview at infinity plus by David Mathew
- Interview at SF Site by Georges T. Dodds
- Times Literary Supplement review of Herodotus