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The Falcon of Sparta - Conn Iggulden

The Falcon of Sparta

Paperback Published: 30th May 2019
ISBN: 9781405921534
Number Of Pages: 448

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Based on one of history's most epic stories of adventure, Conn Iggulden's latest bestseller pits Persians against Spartans in a legendary battle.

In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others.

401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India.
As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute.

But the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones . . .

Battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors.

Industry Reviews

"His finest novel to date, brings alive the extraordinary world of ancient Persia, as well as the ruthless nobility of the Spartans. The battle scenes are thrilling and the men who fight in them are impeccably portrayed."
Sunday Express

"Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction."
Daily Mirror

"Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story. The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent."
The Times

"One of our finest historical novelists."
Daily Express

"Pacey and juicy, and packed with action."
Sunday Times

ISBN: 9781405921534
ISBN-10: 1405921536
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 30th May 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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Conn Iggulden

About the Author


I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. Itâ??s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregoryâ??s RC High school in London by the end of that period. I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. In truth, I canâ??t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives. I do miss the camaraderie of the smokersâ?? room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.

My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories - with dates. My great-grandfather was a Seannachie , so I suppose story-telling is in the genes somewhere. My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited â??Vitai Lampadaâ?? with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.

Iâ??ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick Oâ??Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Hamilton or Wilbur Smith. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

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