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The Silence of the Girls: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
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The Silence of the Girls: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 (Paperback)

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A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century



Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the Gordon Burn Prize



Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of history's greatest epic



'Magnificent... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard



'Chilling, powerful, audacious... A searing twist on The Iliad. Amid the recent slew of rewritings of the great Greek myths and classics, Barker's stands out for its forcefulness of purpose and earthy compassion' The Times



'A stunning return to form' Observer



When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men - but Briseis has a very different tale to tell . . .

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fiction Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 02/05/2019 ISBN-13: 9780241983201  Details: Type: Paperback 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 latest novel is The Silence of the Girls.

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