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A Thousand Ships

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

By Natalie Haynes

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In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective, for fans of Madeline Miller and Pat Barker. This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them. . . In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames.

Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. The devastating consequences of the Trojan War stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between.

These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all. . . Powerfully told from an all-female perspective, in A Thousand Ships Natalie Haynes gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.


07 Jul 2021

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I enjoyed this informative book knowing very little of Greek Mythology. My favourite chapters were Penelope. She is frustrated, waiting and wanting the return of her husband. I found it understandable and amusing. The women in this book are the spoils of war. They have pride but seem to lack self worth and value. In fact life seems to hold little value to many! At the same time I did find it enjoyable

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