The Song of Achilles (Hardback)
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The Song of Achilles (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 02/09/2021
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A riveting tale of love, ambition and immortal fame, this special tenth anniversary edition of Madeline Miller’s award-winning retelling of the story of Achilles comes housed in a beautiful hardback and with a foreword by the author.

A 10th anniversary special edition, featuring a new foreword by the author.

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: 9781526648174
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 696 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 * The Times *
This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully threedimensional man - a son, a father, husband and lover - now exists where a superhero previously stood and fought * Observer *
Extraordinary ... Beautifully descriptive and heart-achingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find * Daily Mail *
I loved it -- J K ROWLING
A remarkably fresh take on one of the most familiar narratives in western literature * The Times *
Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories -- EMMA DONOGHUE
Original, clever, and in a class of its own ... an incredibly compelling and seductive read * Independent on Sunday *
Sexy, dangerous, mystical -- BETTANY HUGHES
If I were to give a prize for the best work of fiction I've read this year, this would be the runaway winner. As a first novel, it heralds the arrival of a major new talent * A.N. Wilson, Reader's Digest *
Original, passionate, inventive and uplifting -- JOANNA TROLLOPE
An original page-turning homage to The Iliad ... Miller's prose is vividly atmospheric, retelling the siege of Troy in all its heroic devastation * Marie Claire *

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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

Paperback edition
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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

Paperback edition
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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

Paperback edition
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