Tim Auld is the editor and co-author with the academic Mary Beard, Bee Wilson and Alastair Smart of the iBook The Treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Published by The Telegraph in association with The British Museum and Goldman Sachs to tie in with The British Museum's recent exhibition, it was an iTunes book of the month and has sold more than 20,000 copies.

To accompany it, Tim Auld co-produced, with Sumant Bhatia and Erica Elkhershi, a series of films presented by Alastair Sooke:

Behind the scenes with the exhibition's curator
The frescoes
The sculptures
The jewellery
The volcano

The Treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum


Two ordinary Roman cities on the Bay of Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum would probably have been footnotes in history had it not been for the sudden and savage method of their destruction in AD79, when Vesuvius erupted with cataclysmic force. The ruins lay buried for almost 1,700 years, their treasure-trove of artefacts preserved by the ash in which they were entombed. Their rediscovery has given us a unique insight into the lives of the people of the Roman Empire, how they worked and played, loved and worshipped. This book explores life and death in the ancient cities.

Available free from iTunes