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Manda Scott
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Book Description

2 Feb 2004 Boudica (Book 1)

In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome. It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilization and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire.

Gloriously imagined, Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle recreates the beginnings of a story so powerful its impact has survived through the ages, recounting the journey to adulthood of Breaca, who at twelve kills her first warrior, and her sensitive, skilful half-brother Bán, who carries with him a vision of the future that haunts his waking hours.

In the company of a supreme storyteller, the reader is plunged into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where horses and dogs and the landscape itself become characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory. Above all, it is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds.

Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons - to read it is to discover our history, to learn about ourselves and our heritage.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (2 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553814060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553814064
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,689 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 (, 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.

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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give It A Try 9 April 2007
By C. Knowles VINE VOICE
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and beautifully imagined "history" 31 Mar 2007
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming the Eagle 21 Oct 2011
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows I have an interest in early British archaeology. The story is fiction based on a good deal of historcal research and Manda Scott wears her learning lightly. This story is gripping, fast and in places very moving. I am pleased that it's part of a larger series as I so much want to read more about the characters.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mix of fact and fiction 8 Oct 2003
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faction? A really good read 31 Jan 2007
By Stan
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping after a slow start 15 Feb 2004
By A Customer
The scene setting of this book could convince someone dipping into it that it would be a chore to read - this is not so!
I had picked it up for a train journey of several hours, and I thought it would pass the time - my only complaint was that the journey wasn't long enough (!!!) - I didn't get the book finished.
I thought it was a moving story, with enough action and storyline to keep me turning the pages.
The tremendous amount of background research the author must have done comes out in the detail. Well done Manda, the second one has been ordered.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended read
Fantastic characters and story telling based around events/ legends of this time; transports the reader to Roman occupation of Britain - would recommend this to any reader who... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars Unusual start!
Just started to read. At page 89!! Why do that?

Because the first 88 pages were not there! Serves me right for ordering a 'used but ok' book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by olgrumps
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Just what I ordered, just what I got. What could be simpler. everyones happy. merry christmas, and a happy new year
Published 3 months ago by dontdozumba
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
Excellent historical story and characters with great development through the series. The customs and beliefs pull you in further to this story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracy27
5.0 out of 5 stars An extrordinary charity shop find!
I pounced on this in a charity shop and have now sadly come to the end of the fourth and final book (bought on Amazon) in this series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cisco Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Thoroughly recommended. First of the series hooked me and I am relieved and happy to confirm that each book went from strength to strength.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Doreen L. Kellett
5.0 out of 5 stars Boudica 1
I had read her two books about the spy of Rome, and enjoyed them very much. This is the first of four about Boudicca, again the story is gripping with a sense of the history of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by S G Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it or Regret it!
I'm two thirds of the way through this marvellous book and thank goodness I bought the set so when this is finished I've still got three more to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jollops
3.0 out of 5 stars Jury's Out!
Not sure at all about this book: There is a cracking story going on here but I reckon that Ms Scott finished the book in half the pages, then went back and padded it out with an... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Steeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Boudica 1
A fantastic book by Manda Scott, now can not wait for future books to arrive in the shops
Happy reading Keith
Published 8 months ago by Pjm Jackson
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