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The Hero

Lee Child

Narrator Jeff Harding

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

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Summary

THE ENDURING MYTH THAT MAKES US HUMAN 
What makes a hero? Who better to answer that question than Lee Child… 
‘It’s Lee Child. Why would you not read it?’ Karin Slaughter 
‘I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page’ The Times 
In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world – arguing that we need them now more than ever. 
From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? 
Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we’ll always need heroes. 
Lee Child, the Sunday Times bestselling author, delves into the evolutionary psychology behind our fascination with heroes, making The Hero a top performing book in its genre. His skilled writing and understanding of folklore and mythology bring a unique perspective to the social disciplines of heroism. 
For fans of Ian Rankin (A Song for the Dark Times)
Duration: about 1 hour (01:17:41)
Publishing date: 2019-11-26; Unabridged; Copyright Year: 2019. Copyright Statment: —