A Thousand Ships (Paperback)
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Published: 23/07/2020
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Waterstones Says

Haynes’s piercingly observant all-female retelling of the Trojan War 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
ISBN: 9781509836215
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A gripping feminist masterpiece - Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist

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, author of 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. - Observer

Haynes is master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories - Telegraph

Absorbing and fiercely feminist - Guardian

The forgotten women are vividly brought to life in this moving, intelligent and witty book - Martha Kearney, BBC Radio 4

Elegant, intelligent . . . Haynes combines a wide-ranging knowledge of the original myths with a gift for compelling narrative - The Times

A sparkling narrative . . . A Thousand Ships blows the dust off the classics - Washington Post

Haynes is the nation’s great muse, and her latest retelling of the story of Troy told from the perspective of Helen and the women of The Iliad is beautiful - Adam Rutherford, The Week

If you are new to myths, then this is a learned, well-fashioned introduction, with many shining moments of subtle power - Spectator

A joy to read: fast paced, cracking with emotion and tension - Professor Michael Scott

Here, in this treat of a book, the women take centre stage - and how brilliantly . . . Natalie Haynes brings them to witty, lyrical, scintillating life . . . A book to both savour and devour - Suzannah Lipscomb

Breathtaking . . . 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. - Catherine Nixey

This subversive reseeing of the classics is a many-layered delight - Guardian

Haynes takes the baton from Renault and runs with it. Her modern take on antiquity is exquisitely informed without ever being research-heavy . . . Glorious! - Damian Barr

Haynes expertly crafts an emotional and vivid historical tale with high stakes and female empowerment at its core - Woman's Own

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"I have sung of the women, the women in the shadows. I have sung of the forgotten, the ignored, the untold. I have picked up the old stories and I have shaken them until the hidden women... More

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Vivienne O'Regan

“Brilliant retelling of the Trojan War”

My thanks to Pan Macmillan/Mantle for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘A Thousand Ships’ by Natalie Haynes in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a pleasure to read. Novels based on the myths and legends of... More

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“Haynes has written a masterpiece of classical reception!”

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book! I went into this book with a lot of hope. I studied classics at university, and even specialised my research for my undergrad dissertation in how the... More

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