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A gripping feminist masterpiece -- Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist

With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War. Her thoughtful portraits will linger with you long after the book is finished -- Madeline Miller, author of
Circe

Natalie Haynes
is swiftly becoming this generation’s Mary Renault; her retelling of the Trojan war from an all-female perspective, A Thousand Ships,is her best yet. ― Observer

Haynes is master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories ―
Telegraph

Absorbing and fiercely feminist ―
Guardian

The forgotten women are vividly brought to life in this moving, intelligent and witty book -- Martha Kearney, BBC Radio 4

Elegant, intelligent . . . Haynes combines a wide-ranging knowledge of the original myths with a gift for compelling narrative ―
The Times

A sparkling narrative . . .
A Thousand Ships blows the dust off the classics ― Washington Post

Haynes is the nation’s great muse, and her latest retelling of the story of Troy told from the perspective of Helen and the women of
The Iliad is beautiful -- Adam Rutherford ― The Week

If you are new to myths, then this is a learned, well-fashioned introduction, with many shining moments of subtle power ―
Spectator

A joy to read: fast paced, cracking with emotion and tension -- Professor Michael Scott

Here, in this treat of a book, the women take centre stage - and how brilliantly . . . Natalie Haynes brings them to witty, lyrical, scintillating life . . . A book to both savour and devour -- Suzannah Lipscomb

Breathtaking . . . Her writing isn’t merely clever, or elegant, or (at times) extremely funny - though it is all of those things. It’s also viscerally vivid. -- Catherine Nixey

This subversive reseeing of the classics is a many-layered delight ―
Guardian

Haynes takes the baton from Renault and runs with it. Her modern take on antiquity is exquisitely informed without ever being research-heavy . . . Glorious! -- Damian Barr

Haynes expertly crafts an emotional and vivid historical tale with high stakes and female empowerment at its core ―
Woman's Own

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A Guardian and TLS book of the year

‘Haynes is master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories’ Telegraph

This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .

In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over. Troy has fallen.

From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus, to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, these are the stories of the women embroiled in the legendary war.

Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, in
A Thousand Ships Natalie Haynes puts the women, girls and goddesses at the centre of the story.

‘Absorbing and fiercely feminist’ Guardian

‘The forgotten women are vividly brought to life in this moving, intelligent and witty book’ Martha Kearney


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Main Market edition (23 July 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509836217
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509836215
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. She has published three novels, The Amber Fury (The Furies - US) in 2014, The Children of Jocasta (2017) and A Thousand Ships (2019), which was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020. She has also published two non-fiction book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life (2010) and Pandora's Jar (2020). She also has a radio series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, which is available on BBC Sounds and Audible.


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