The Silence of the Girls (Paperback)
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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 02/05/2019
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Waterstones Says

Pat Barker’s electrifying revision of The Iliad reframes the story through the voiceless women of war in a startlingly vivid novel with a powerful message about who tells stories and why it matters.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018

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
ISBN: 9780241983201
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A searing twist on The Iliad... Amid the recent slew of rewritings of the great Greek myths and classics, Barker's stands out for its forcefulness of purpose and earthy compassion... Chilling, powerful, audacious - The Times

A stunning return to form - Observer

Angry, thoughtful, sad, deeply humane and compulsively readable, The Silence of the Girls shows that 36 years after her first novel was published, Barker is a writer at the peak of her powers - Irish Times

Its magnificent final section can't help but make you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers - Evening Standard

An assured triumph - Sunday Times

An important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present, and at how anger and hatred play out in our societies - Guardian

She gives a voice to the voiceless...The Silence of the Girls is a book that will be read in generations to come - Daily Telegraph

An impressive feat of literary revisionism that should be on the Man Booker longlist... This is a story about the very real cost of wars waged by men... Barker makes us re-think history - Independent

Giving voice to the voiceless, this is a gripping feat of imagination that succeeds in being relevant today - Woman and Home

The most important novel based on The Iliad so far this century - Edith Hall

The magic of Barker's book is that the resonance of giving silenced women a voice at the centre of the story is just as relevant today - Grazia

[Pat Barker] is one of our finest modern chroniclers of war...this magisterial novel is both a timely exploration of power, misogyny and violence and an elegant counternarrative to one of literature's founding conflicts - The Guardian

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“Slave women, unsung heroes of Iliad...”

This is the story of Iliad without the glamorous battles between incredible men and their heroic actions. Instead it is the story of the women whom they captured and turned into slaves to serve them.

With her... More

Hardback edition
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“Anger and Wrath”

This new novel from Pat Barker will be advertised as presenting a new angle on the story of the Trojan War – an examination of Homer’s heroes from the point of view of their ‘prizes’, the captive women who became... More

Hardback edition
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“Phenomenal”

Gorgeous, emotional and thought-provoking re-telling of Greek myth. Although predominantly (former) Queen Briseis' story, many different women from Greek mythology are touched upon in this beautifully crafted... More

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