Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster. She is the author of numerous books, including Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore; The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for The Good Life – a New York Times bestseller – and Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities – a Sunday Times bestseller. She is a Research Fellow at Kings College London and a Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities.
Books by Bettany Hughes
Interviews with Bettany Hughes
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth
by Annie Ernaux & translator - Alison Strayer
The Pine Islands
by Jen Calleja & Marion Poschmann
The Shape of the Ruins
by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean
by Alia Trabucco Zerán & Sophie Hughes (translator)
Bettany Hughes, author of Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities and chair of this year’s Booker International Prize judging panel, talks us through the six books they have shortlisted for the title of best novel in translation.
Ancient history was a man’s world – but women were considered closer to the gods. The historian and TV presenter Bettany Hughes reveals the secrets of Athenian priestesses, Byzantine empresses and Stone Age fertility goddesses.
Interviews where books by Bettany Hughes were recommended
Caesar, Cicero, Achilles, Socrates, Plato: millennia later, we still talk about them. Olly Murphy, classics teacher at Wycombe Abbey, one of England’s top girls’ schools, recommends books and explains why classics remains one of the most exciting subjects for teenagers to study.
The chief executive of Good Energy says we need to think big if we want to cut our use of high-carbon energy. She tells us about the intersection between business, politics and doing the right thing
The Shortest History of Economics
by Andrew Leigh
Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story
by Sophie Elmhirst
Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan
by Ruby Lal
How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History
by Josephine Quinn
Third Millennium Thinking: Creating Sense in a World of Nonsense
Saul Perlmutter, Robert MacCoun and John Campbell
Why We Die: The New Science of Aging and the Quest for Immortality
by Venki Ramakrishnan
From the origins of sex to the effects of social media, from the invention of the wheel to the race against climate change, Five Books editor Sophie Roell gives an overview of the new nonfiction books appearing in January, February and March of 2024.