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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553814060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553814064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, columnist and screenwriter, Manda (M.C) Scott has written thirteen novels beginning with contemporary thrillers. Her first, 'Hen's Teeth; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 'No Good Deed' was nominated for an Edgar Award in the 'Best Thriller' category.

Having served her writing apprenticeship, she went back in time to write the bestselling Boudica:Dreaming series. Her latest 'Rome' series starts with Rome: The Emperor's Spy and continues with Rome: The Coming of the King, Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth and Rome:The Art of War. Set from 54 - 69AD, the books feature Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard.

She is working on a dual time line novel of Jeanne d'Arc (who she really was: not the fainting visionary peasant girl) and a contemporary thriller.

She is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association (http://www.TheHWA.co.uk), Prize Chair of the HWA Debut Crown and Programming Chair of the Harrogate History Festival. She writes reviews and columns for the Independent, the Express, the Telegraph and the (Glasgow) Herald.

She is an avid reader. Her top picks of 2013, in no particular order, are: Robert Wilton: TREASON'S TIDE, Imogen Robertson, 'THE PARIS WINTER', Beatrice Hitchman: 'PETITE MORT' Robert Ryan, 'DEAD MAN'S LAND', Robert Low, 'THE LION RAMPANT', Neil Gaiman 'THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE' and Neal Stephenson, 'Reamde' (it's 2012, but it's still outstanding.

Further details can be found on her website: http://www.mandascott.co.uk

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"Manda Scott has created a fictional universe all her own, but close enough to our reality for it both to warm and break our hearts. Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us" (Val McDermid)

"The best in the current crop of novels about Rome, its empire and its victims ... never sentimental and always tough-minded" (Roz Kaveney Independent)

"Every so often, a book comes along that totally remoulds a historical figure for our own times ... massively impressive" (Jane Jakeman Scotland on Sunday)

"A powerful novel, alive with the love, deceit, wisdom and the heroics of humanity" (Jean M. Auel)

"An extraordinary work ... exciting and intriguing, taking you into a world where unbelievable danger and cruelty sit side by side with magic, spirituality and profound human relationships" (Jenni Murray)

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Set in Iron-Age Britain, the first novel in a magnificent new series recounting the life of Boudica, Britain's first warrior queen.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Knowles VINE VOICE on 9 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I would normally run a mile from this type of book, it's about as far from my tastes in fiction as could be imagined. I bought it purely out of curiosity as I had enjoyed Scott's crime novels and thought I'd give this a go, though I feared I would find it a slog, full of (to me) not very interesting historical detail. But I have to say I found it, on the whole, a revelation. It did take quite a while to get going and for a time I feared the worst, but then suddenly, without me even realising when, it had me hooked. I think this is partly due to Scott's exquisite writing: her descriptive powers are thrilling and beautiful. Even the battle scenes, which in books of any genre I would usually find boring and tedious beyond measure, had me enthralled. I couldn't say that every page had me gripped right to the end - as the book went on there were an increasing number of scenes where I was desperate to get away from Ban and back to Breaca, but I do realise that these scenes are necessary to present a full picture, so I don't make this a criticism. So on the whole I was mightily impressed, and yes, I've just bought 'Bull'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Colgan Complete Resolutions on 10 April 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book and part of a series. The subject has been handled with a real love of the age and of the magic that surrounded it. Well written and populated with characters that almost become a part of you. If the ancient British history of our ancestors interests you I guarantee it will spark an even greater interest.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gaius Demetrius on 16 Mar. 2006
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Dreaming the Eagle gives a fantastic account that is heavily felt of the oppression Britain was subjected to under the Roman Empire. I think it is easy to just look at what the Romans did for Britain on terms of road networks and trade, and then forget the brutality they subjected native Britons to, particularly in the early years under Suetonius Paulinus.
This book does not leave that aspect of Roman rule untouched and actually highlights the situation. If historical fiction is your thing I would also recommend Ascent of an Eagle by Gaius Demetrius. This book is wonderfully crafted and compels the reader into the realities of a very grim political situation, set against deep personal struggles.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PV WEBB-LLANO on 8 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I first heard about this book when the author, Manda Scott, was interviewed on Radio 5live with Simon Mayo's book review. The 'hard to please' panel all reviewed it as a 'remarkable piece of work' and I would stand by that. Dreaming The Eagle is a mixture of fact and fiction as it has to be, and the author gets the mix just right.
This book is the first in a trilogy that will be well worth reading. Whether Hollywood will be able to do it justice...I doubt.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2007
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This delightful series of books (I have only read the first but have already purchased the second in anticipation) retells the story of Boudicca (or Boadicea as she was known when I were a lad ... no NOT that long ago!). The book presents a powerful vision of the peoples of that time and their ideas, feelings and lives.

It is on a par with Marion Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" - another book with strong (and believable) female lead characters, as well as Bernard Cornwell's Harlequin saga.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stan on 31 Jan. 2007
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I got this for Christmas and, having finished it, am out to get the next one. It is really well written, building a world which, although based on limited historical evidence, is totally believable. Did the British tribes have dreamers who could see visions and conjure up mists? Were women equal to men as warriors? Did they have such great affinity to horses and dogs? Were the inhabitants of Mona blood-lusting druids or mystics? We will never know but Scott makes it real.

The closest parallel I can think of is Jean Auel's Earth Children, also extrapolated from scant archaeological evidence but, in my opinion, not as well drawn.

Lets hope the continuations keep up the same standard.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2004
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This book took a little while to get into and to begin to understand the expressions that the author used as well as the historical context. Once I got past this I found the book extreamly moving to read and it incorporated the ingredients for a well written novel with the battle scenes well imagined by the author. This book is one I would recomend to all those people who love historical novels and I hope that I find Dreaming the Bull as good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. M. Szilvasy on 19 July 2004
Format: Paperback
The story of Boudica the legendary Iceni Warrior Queen has always captured my imagination ever since I was little. To read this book was everything I could imagine and more.
Although fictional it captures the love, passion, deceit and violance of late Iron Age Britain. The story of Breaca and her brother is compelling reading and you'll find it hard to put the book down.
A well recommended read!
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