Daughters of Sparta (Paperback)
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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 21/07/2022
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A brilliantly reimagined take on the Trojan War revolving around Helen and Klytemnestra, Heywood's character-driven novel is ideal reading for all fans of Jennifer Saint and Natalie Haynes.

For millennia, two women have been blamed for the fall of a mighty civilisation - but now it's time to hear their side of the story...

As princesses of Sparta, Helen and Klytemnestra have known nothing but luxury and plenty. With their high birth and unrivalled beauty, they are the envy of all of Greece.

Such privilege comes at a high price, though, and their destinies are not theirs to command. While still only girls they are separated and married off to legendary foreign kings Agamemnon and Menelaos, never to meet again. Their duty is now to give birth to the heirs society demands and be the meek, submissive queens their men expect.

But when the weight of their husbands' neglect, cruelty and ambition becomes too heavy to bear, they must push against the constraints of their sex to carve new lives for themselves - and in doing so make waves that will ripple throughout the next three thousand years.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529333695
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 26 mm


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'The story of the Trojan War has been told for close to three millennia and writers are still finding ways to refashion it... seen through the eyes of Klytemnestra and her sister Helen, the war proves very different from the Homeric conflict with which we are familiar... [Heywood] tells her story vividly, setting it convincingly in the period.' - Sunday Times

'Fluent and persuasive. I admire the ambition with which Heywood tackles the subject, to which she brings freshness and verve. I enjoyed it very much' - Elizabeth Buchan

'Daughters of Sparta has such a compelling narrative; it is utterly absorbing from beginning to end. I found it both captivating and poignant; an enthralling and powerful tale of family politics, gender constraints, love, betrayal and revenge, with a masterful handling of feelings and emotions that truly resonates down the ages.' - Laura Carlin

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub

Bury St Edmunds - Butter Market
Thursday 20th October 15:00

Waterstones Buttermarket Bookclub Meeting 3pm, 20th October in our Cafe. This month we are reading..... Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood. For millennia, two women have been blamed for the fall of a great civilisation - now it is time to hear their side of the story. All Welcome.

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“captivating!”

You may think you know the story of the mighty City of Troy and it’s many heroes. But what do you know of those who had to fight their own battles before and during such horrific times because war doesn’t just rage... More

“An absorbing and engrossing book.”

Much has been written about the Trojan War and the civilisations and cultures of this time but in an exciting and innovative way, Claire Heywood has given a voice to two ‘Daughters of Sparta’, two sisters Helen and... More

Hardback edition
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“Growing up with Clytemnestra and Helen.”

3 ½ really. I know the stories of the adult Spartan sisters, Clytemnestra and Helen, very well but have never ready any sort of tale regarding their childhood. Having just finished Pat Barker's 'Women of... More

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