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The Song of Achilles Paperback – 1 June 2012

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1st edition (1 June 2012)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1408821982
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1408821985
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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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 Christmas Books)

I loved it (J.K. Rowling)

Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories (Emma Donoghue, author of number one bestseller, Room)

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

A remarkably fresh take on one of the most familiar narratives in western literature (The Times)

Extraordinary ... Beautifully descriptive and heart-achingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find (Daily Mail)

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)

Inventive, passionate, uplifting and different. It will appeal to all ages. It's a book which despite some of the stiffest competition in the modern world is a truly worthy winner (Joanna Trollope, chair of the judges for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012)

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A breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012

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