John Spurling is the author of the novels The Ten Thousand Things (winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction), The Ragged End, After Zenda and A Book of Liszts. He is also a prolific playwright whose plays have been performed on television, radio and stage, including at the National Theatre and the author of two critical books on Graham Greene's novels and Samuel Beckett's plays (with John Fletcher). He has been a frequent reviewer for newspapers, magazines and BBC Radio, and was for twelve years the art critic of the New Statesman. He lives in London and Arcadia, Greece, and is married to the biographer Hilary Spurling.
An excitingly fresh take on the myths, gods and heroes of ancient Greece * The Lady * This book shines... seamlessly interweaving personal and historical perspectives... Arcadian Nights is good fun * Historical Novels Review * Classicists and non-classicists alike will love Arcadian Nights... a great book * Oxford Today * In Spurling's hands myths intersect, intermingle, cross-fertilise, and emerge as unabashedly confident chronicles with their own unique traditions and personalities -- Mika Provata-Carlone * Bookanista * Lively and spellbinding... Spurling is a first-rate storyteller and this collection should delight everyone from the scholar of Greek myths to one reading them for the first time * We Love This Book * The Greek myths are dusted off from old college readers like Edith Hamilton's Mythology and given new life in this fantastic collection... Well-written, Arcadian Nights will be difficult to put down * New York Journal of Books * A rare book that brings new life to well-covered material, and is essential reading for mythology fans * Foreword Reviews * Spurling's passion and enthusiasm and the best of Greek myth shine through -- Julia Jenkins * Pages of Julia * It has the sensual prose that makes the reader purr with delight & is surely destined to be one of the books of the year. * Daily Mail *