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A feminist retelling of the Trojan War - giving voices to the women the myths forgot . . .

About the Author

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize; The Children of Jocasta, a feminist retelling of the Oedipus and Antigone stories; and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented four series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience. A Thousand Ships is her third novel.

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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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