The Taras Report on its Last Days
9780285642348 Special Ebook release £6.99
Fully illustrated with photos of the ruins of Pompeii, death-casts and artefacts
This ebook parallels the current British Museum exhibition and provides a fascinating imaginative recreation of Pompeii and fictional histories and personalities for the victims of the volcano whose casts can be seen in the exhibition. Alan Lloyd asks who were these people who lived in Pompeii and what were their lives like in the last days?
“Pompeii indulged the senses on every side. With the scent from sheltered gardens mingled the odours of spiced cooking.”
Through the eyes of Taras the Mede, a subject of the Parthian empire who reports on Pompeii for his government, we witness the eruption of the volcano. Taras is Alan Lloyd’s narrator, and his curiosity allows the reader to discover the real Pompeii, its geography, food, history and culture with a sense of compelling realism.
“To Eastern eyes, perhaps no trait was so marked in these people as immodesty.”
Alan Lloyd, an acclaimed historian and novelist, breathes life into the ghosts that haunt the empty streets, quiet courtyards and silent rooms of Pompeii while stirring the imagination of everyone who has seen the well preserved ruins of the ancient city.
“Above it, rose the cries of vendors hawking buns, sweets, and other edibles. The smell of baking was conspicuous.”
Alan Lloyd’s brand of popular history concentrates on the details and colour that make for engrossing reading, skilfully depicting a seminal moment in history and, above all, creating a readable narrative that will enthral readers of all ages. Combining Alan Lloyd’s extensive research with vividly imagined experiences of daily life Pompeii’s Secrets is an engrossing adventure novel, as well as a fascinating historical survey.
Alan Lloyd is a widely published historian and novelist of over 30 books. Souvenir Press also publish his Marathon: The Crucial Battle That Created Western Democracy. ‘The Observer’ commented of Lloyd’s writing : “there’s not a single boring page”.