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The Charioteer
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* Featured on www.virago.co.uk * Early proofs available

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Mary Renault (1905-1983) was born in London and educated at St Hughs, Oxford. She trained as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary, where she met her lifelong partner, Julie Mullard. Her first novel, Purposes of Love, was published in 1937. In 1948, after North Face won a MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard emigrated to South Africa. There, Renault was able to write forthrightly about homosexual relationships for the first time - in her masterpiece, THE CHARIOTEER (1953), and then in her first historical novel, The Last of the Wine (1956). Renault's vivid novels set in the ancient world brought her worldwide fame. In 2010 Fire From Heaven was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.

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Emotionally intelligent, beautifully written and deeply moving, it transcends categorisations -- Peter Parker * Daily Telegraph *
A stunningly good book -- Antonia Senior * The Times *
A tender coming-of-age love story from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century * Daily Express *

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