The Song of Achilles (Paperback)
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The Song of Achilles (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 21/09/2017
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Waterstones Says

A riveting tale of love, ambition and immortal fame, this award-winning debut from the author of Circe retells the story of the Trojan War and its greatest hero from the point of view of his closest friend Patroclus.

Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction

'Page-turning ... Nothing strikes a false note in her intricately created world.' - The Guardian 

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.

Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny.

Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408891384
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I loved it - J.K. Rowling

A captivating retelling of the Iliad and events leading up to it through the point of view of Patroclus: it's a hard book to put down, and any classicist will be enthralled by her characterisation of the goddess Thetis, which carries the true savagery and chill of antiquity - Donna Tartt

At once a scholar’s homage to the Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist ... A book I could not put down - Ann Patchett

Inventive, passionate, uplifting and different ... A truly worthy winner - Joanna Trollope

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“Amazing”

Normally, a book like this isn't my piece of cake but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Lots of avid descriptions with the right balance between and interesting love story, Greek mythology and the actual... More

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“Write, classics teacher, of the fate of Achilles!”

‘The Song of Achilles’ is a difficult book to categorise. Is it a romance? Historical? Fantasy?

The story focuses on Patroclus, a relatively minor character in the original story of ‘The Iliad’, companion of... More

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“The love of Achilles.”

This award winning book takes an unusual view of the Trojan war. It is narrated by Achilles’ companion Patroclus, an important but underdeveloped character in the lliad. Miller ably uses all the available sources to... More

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