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Publication date3rd September 2007
Templar is one of the world’s most respected publishers of children’s fiction, novelty and picture books. Templar is based in Dorking in Surrey, and was founded in 1978 by Amanda Wood, the current Creative Director.
In 2008 Templar was named Independent Publisher’s Guild as UK Children’s Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year. Later that same year Bonnier Publishing acquired Templar. Templar books are sold in over 25 languages in more than 50 countries and the company has a reputation for innovation and creativity.
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Enormous in its scope and in the wealth of information it offers, Mythology is a treasure trove of fact and fiction which, taken together, brings the mythology of Ancient Greece powerfully to life. Open flaps to reveal fascinating snippets of information including the plan of an ancient temple and a pop-up Pandora’s Box. There’s a piece of the golden fleece, golden oak leaves for fortune telling, an interactive Minotaur’s maze and a golden quill pen. A truly sumptuous tome that will give adults and children alike hours of delight to pore over. Also available in the 'Ology' series are Dragonology, Pirateology, Monsterology, and Wizardology.
SynopsisMythology by Dugald Steer
Mythology is the ultimate book of gods, heroes, monsters and mythical beasts of ancient Greece. It is packed with novelties including a gold quill and writing paper, a pop-up Pandora’s Box and golden oak leaves for fortune telling.
Written by Lady Hestia Evans in 1825, Mythology is based on the record of her travels through Greece, where she discovers the wonders of the ancient myths: the tales of mighty gods and fearless heroes who battle the merciless beasts of legend.
It is only when Ladia Hestia's friend John Oro uses her book as a guide for his own trip to Greece, annotating as he travels, that you begin to realise that the true power of these immortal gods might not be constrained to the past . . .
With his insatiable appetite for the fascinating antiquities he discovers, can John control his greed, or will he suffer the wrath of a vengeful ancient god.
Here the Ology series ventures further back in history than ever before, to the time of gods and monsters, myths and legends, to produce a Pandora's Box of information, excitement and intrigue.
“A feast of a book, Mythology is a wonderfully creative spoof of authenticity. Put together as diaries … it’s really a bumper book of information. Greek mythology , art and architecture, language, pottery and much more are all touched on in a variety of creative ways, making it perfect for absorbing plenty of facts while gently browsing.” - The Guardian
“Dugald Steer’s gorgeous Mythology and Field Guide to Dragons (Templar) look like two of the most covetable titles you’ll see on the shelves”. - Publishing News
About The Author
Dugald A. Steer was born in 1965 and lives in Surrey. His love of books and reading led him to study English Literature and Philosophy at Bristol University where he was an avid contributor to the Poetry Society Magazine. After stints working for Friends of the Earth and the Duchy of Lancaster Office, Dugald trained to teach English and spent the next five years in Spain, living in Galicia and Andalucia, writing in his spare time.
Dugald Steer now works as a freelance author for Templar Publishing, for whom he worked as an inhouse writer and editor for ten years. He has written a large number of books, including Mythical Mazes, Scary Fairies, An Accidental Christmas, Just One More Story and The Night Tiger among others. He has also made contributions to many of Templar’s best known series’, including Maurice Pledger’s Peek and Find series, and Derek Matthews’ highly successful Happy Snappy® series, for which he has written many books. He has edited many other books, has created Picture This... and Alphabet with Alison Jay and has also written The Toys’ Easter Surprise and the Little Mouse series. Dugald has wrote the handbook How to Be a Knight which he recently followed up with How to be an Explorer. Dugald Steer is the author of the hugely successful Ology™ series that includes Dragonology™ and Monsterology™ (writing as Dr. Ernest Drake), Egyptology (as Emily Sands), Wizardology™ (as the wizard Merlin!), Pirateology™ (as Capt. William Lubber) and Mythology (as Lady Hestia Evans), as well as the Ology™ handbooks, model packs, field guides and the Dragonology™ Pocket Adventures. After the success of The Dragon’s Eye, Dug is working on the forthcoming second novel in The Dragonology™ Chronicles – The Dragon Diary, as well as the top-secret seventh title in the Ology series!
‘In the library with Dugald Steer’ - quick fire questions and answers from the author of the Ology books
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Hobbit, by JRR Tollkien
Which book would you never have on your bookshelf?
The [insert the name of your diet plan here] plan diet
Which book would you give to a friend as a present?
An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears
Which other writers do you admire?
Far too long a list. For modern children’s writers, try Jaqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Storud, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Karl Hiaasen, Marcus Sedgwick and that nice Potter lady
Which classic have you always meant to read and never got round to it?
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
What are your top five books of all time, in order or otherwise?
The Thousand Nights and a Night, by Unknown
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
The Jungle Book(s), by Rudyard Kipling
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Is there a particular book or author that inspired you to be a writer?
Three authors: Michael Moorcock, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis
What is your favourite time of day to write?
In the morning
Which fictional character would you most like to have met?
Merlin, from Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
Who, in your opinion, is the greatest writer of all time?
Sir Francis Bacon aka William Shakespeare
What is your favourite word?
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