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The Song of Achilles Hardcover – 30 November 2021

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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

This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully threedimensional man - a son, a father, husband and lover - now exists where a superhero previously stood and fought ― Observer

Extraordinary ... Beautifully descriptive and heart-achingly lyrical, this is a love story as sensitive and intuitive as any you will find ― Daily Mail

I loved it -- J K ROWLING

A remarkably fresh take on one of the most familiar narratives in western literature ― The Times

Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories -- EMMA DONOGHUE

Original, clever, and in a class of its own ... an incredibly compelling and seductive read ― Independent on Sunday

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

Original, passionate, inventive and uplifting -- JOANNA TROLLOPE

An original page-turning homage to The Iliad . Miller's prose is vividly atmospheric, retelling the siege of Troy in all its heroic devastation ― Marie Claire

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THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION; WINNER OF THE ORANGE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; Special Edition - Special anniversary edition (30 November 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1526648172
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1526648174
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 24.1 x 3.5 x 16 cm
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Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She currently lives near Philadelphia, PA. The Song of Achilles is her first novel. Her second novel, Circe, will be published in April 2018. Visit her website at: www.madelinemiller.com

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