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The Silence of the Girls
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The Silence of the Girls (Hardback)

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Pre-order. Despatched on publication 30/08/2018

Synopsis

From the Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war comes a reimagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War.



When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she's not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.



The Trojan War is known as a man's story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?



In this magnificent historical novel, Pat Barker charts one woman's journey through the chaos of the most famous war in history, as she struggles to free herself and to become the author of her own story.



Praise for Pat Barker:



'Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation' Sunday Telegraph



'She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature' Independent



'Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human' Herald



'You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world' Guardian

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fiction Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 30/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241338070  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing and exploring the lives of working class women, she sent her fiction out to publishers. Thirty-five years later, she has published fifteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the UK's highest literary honour, the Booker Prize. She lives in Durham and her new novel, The Silence of the Girls, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in August 2018.

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