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The Song of Achilles Hardcover – 5 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (5 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408816032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408816035
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 738 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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)

A retelling of The Iliad with entertaining and joyful exuberance ... You may know the story but you've never heard it told like this. A gem (Stylist)

You'll know the name Achilles. But do you know who he was? This novel will tell you his wonderful story in a wonderful way (Joanna Trollope Stylist)

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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION 2012. A breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War - a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart

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