Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, author and
broadcaster. He is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the
Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize
for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize;
Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the
Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006. Tom Holland is the
presenter of BBC Radio 4’s “Making History” and acclaimed podcast
“The Rest is History”. He has written and presented a number of TV
documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from
ISIS to dinosaurs. He served two years as the Chair of the Society
of Authors and is Chair of the British Library’s PLR Advisory
Born in New Zealand, Jason Cockcroft grew up in the north of England and studied illustration at Falmouth University. He has illustrated numerous picture books and fiction titles for all ages, most notably contributing the cover artwork for three of the original UK editions of the Harry Potter series. His debut fiction title We Were Wolves published in 2021.
"A glorious mixture – of history, fiction and thrilling legend,
with pictures to swim the Hellespont for."
What a fabulous achievement! Not since Mary Renault has this kind of history come so alive and with such juice, energy and excitement. I just know that my twelve-year-old self would have fallen on this like a … like a wolf on a lamb. Breathtaking adventure on every page, and just the kind of detail, colour and vitality that young readers adore. As does this old reader, I have to confess.
The Wolf-Girl, the Greeks and the Gods is a wonder, as beautiful to look at as it is entrancing to read. Jason Cockcroft's illustrations are jaw-dropping, and Tom Holland's prose took me back to my own childhood introductions to these extraordinary mythological worlds in Roger Lancelyn Green's Tales of the Greek Heroes and Leon Garfield's and Charles Keeping's The God Beneath the Sea.
A glorious white-knuckle ride through classical history […] Through her account, Holland retells the key events of the wars, including the battle of Thermopylae, and the Greek victories at Salamis and Plataea; but young readers will be equally gripped by the domestic vignettes, and glimpses into Spartan culture […] Holland’s great skill is in how he interweaves myth and history, such that the lines become ever more blurred. The combination of his lyrical writing and Jason Cockcroft’s plain, haunting illustrations make this a book that any child is likely to remember well into their later years.
The illustrations by Jason Cockcroft deserve special mention. The Acropolis on fire, nymphs at twilight — the artwork will easily captivate a young reader […] It is pitched at readers aged ten and above, although grandparents are bound to learn things they didn’t know, as indeed will mums and dads […] A clear contender for one of those totemic books whose memory you carry into adulthood. A triumph.