Robin Lane Fox was born in 1946 and educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of New College and University Reader in ancient History. Since 1979 he has been weekly gardening correspondent of the Financial Times. Alexander the Great won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the W.H. Heinemann Award on its first publication in 1973.
"Magnificent...delivered with authority and verve. Learned but never pedantic, [Lane Fox] is an unfailingly incisive, thought-provoking, humane, courteous, and often entertaining guide." -- The Economist "A remarkable achievement...[Lane Fox] manages, like a skilled juggler, to keep a number of intellectual balls in the air...with wit and grace.... The book could serve as a useful review for knowledgeable readers or as a crash course for the biblically impaired." -- The New York Times Book Review "[A] bracing precis of cutting-edge biblical criticism... The Unauthorized Version reacquaints us with one of the chief achievements of post-Enlightenment civilization." -- Philadelphia Inquirer