A Thousand Ships (Hardback)Natalie Haynes (author)
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Hot on the heels of Madeline Miller’s Circe and Pat Barker’s Silence of the Girls comes comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes’ all-female retelling of the Trojan War. A Thousand Ships shows why Homeric classics are such rich source material for 21st- century authors. With piercing wit and crystalline prose Haynes draws compelling parallels between the inner lives of women caught in the conflict and modern attitudes to sex and gender.
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020
'With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Natalie Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War' - Madeline Miller, author of Circe
In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.
This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them.
In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash..
The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. . .
Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 479 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 38 mm
'... an elegant, intelligent refashioing of the Homeric epics.' - The Sunday Times
'...clever and entertaining…' - The Times
'With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War. Her thoughtful portraits will linger with you long after the book is finished' - Madeline Miller, Orange Prize winning author of The Song of Achilles and Circe
'Natalie Haynes is swiftly becoming this generation's Mary Renault; her retelling of the Trojan war from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships, is her best yet.' - The Observer
'Haynes is master of her trade, crafting perfect sentences and believable characters who speak and think in delicately nuanced language. [She] succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories to show how remarkably little basic human relationships and emotions have changed' - The Telegraph
'The forgotten women are vividly brought to life in this moving, intelligent and witty book. Natalie Haynes' knowledge of Greek mythology shines through her skilful story telling. Epic is the word' - Martha Kearney, BBC Radio 4
'As ever, a joy to read: fast paced, cracking with emotion and tension, showing as much respect for this great epic tale as it shows willingness to turn it on its head and tell it afresh. Truly a story ripe to be told in the 21st century - and told by Natalie with fire and gusto!' - Professor Michael Scott, author and broadcaster
'When it comes to Ancient Greece, women are usually minor characters in the stories of men. Here, in this treat of a book, the women take centre stage - and how brilliantly. Stitching together the scraps of women's stories throughout the corpus of Ancient Greek literature, Natalie Haynes brings them to witty, lyrical, scintillating life. It is a wonderful achievement: a book to both savour and devour' - Suzannah Lipscomb, historian and broadcaster
'Breathtaking. Haynes has achieved a remarkable feat. Her writing isn't merely clever, or elegant, or (at times) extremely funny - though it is all of those things. It's also viscerally vivid. Homer lives and breathes in these pages' - Catherine Nixey, author of The Darkening Age
'Here they all are - the women of antiquity of whom we know much but have heard so little. Not any more... A Thousand Ships gives voice to women and what voices, what women! Haynes takes the baton from Renault and runs with it. Her modern take on antiquity is exquisitely informed without ever being research-heavy. She brings these women and their triumphs and tragedies to life. Glorious!' - Damien Barr
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