The Silence of the Girls (Hardback)Pat Barker (author)
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war comes a reimagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War.
When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she's not alone: on the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.
Wrestling the epic drama of the Trojan War away from its usual male-centric gaze, The Silence of the Girls seeks out the other story, the women’s story, charting the journey of a sometime-queen across the chaos of history, seeking freedom and the right to be author of her own story.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 33 mm
Praise for Pat Barker:
'Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation.' - Sunday Telegraph
'She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature.' – The Independent
'Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human' – The Herald
'You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world' – The Guardian
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