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The Song of Achilles


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Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles, which won the Orange Women's Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and was translated into twenty-five languages. Miller holds an MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students for over a decade. Her second novel Circe was a number one international bestseller and shortlisted for the Women's Prize. madelinemiller.com


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
*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

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

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

Original, clever, and in a class of its own ... an incredibly compelling and seductive read
*Independent on Sunday*

Sexy, dangerous, mystical

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

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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