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For the Most Beautiful - Emily Hauser

For the Most Beautiful - Emily Hauser

Title: For the Most Beautiful

Author:  Emily Hauser

ISBN:  9780857523143

Weight:  905g

Lined, prepublication dated and signed first edition, first printing



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For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends – to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy.  It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world.  But what if there was more to this epic conflict?  What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War?

Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story.

Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of Troy for the first time.  Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans’ high priest, and Briseis, princess of Pedasus, fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes.

In this novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all – in a tale that has waited millennia to be told.

Peer & Press Reviews

Once in a while something comes along that’s so utterly right, so necessary for now, that you wonder why nobody thought of it before.  Emily Hauser’s stunning debut novel For the Most Beautiful fits this space: a novel that re-imagines the oldest of territories in the freshest of ways – we all grow up learning the story of Helen, whose beauty launched a thousand ships, but why has nobody thought to tell the story of the fall of Troy from the viewpoints of the women central to the action…  Anyway, it’s here now, and it’s beautiful: rich, fluid prose combined with a sense of time and place that brings ancient Troy wildly, raucously, passionately alive and tells at last the stories of those who really mattered.

Manda Scott, bestselling author of Boudica and Into the Fire

A feast for the senses, richly described and effortlessly easy to read.  It brings to life an ancient world long gone, and in so doing reminds us of the traumas and costs of war, which are sadly still so much a part of our world today.

Michael Scott, presenter of Rome’s Invisible City

I couldn’t put it down…  For the Most Beautiful was a delight from start to finish. Hauser’s fresh perspective on one of the great archetypal epics, in focusing on the marginalised women’s stories, makes for fascinating reading.  The goal of giving agency to the tragic women of Troy is beautifully achieved…  A clever premise and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Elizabeth Fremantle, author of Sisters of Treason

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: For the Most Beautiful
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

The main body of the book has 372 pages and, while it’s a work of fiction, it does have extensive front and back matter sections due to wide-ranging research on its central theme.

The front matter covers the Contents (2pp), Acknowledgements (2pp), Map (1p) and Prologue (7pp). The back matter contains an Author's note (4pp), Bronze Age Calendar (2pp), Glossary of Characters (5pp), Glossary of Places (4pp) and Further Reading (2pp).

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Lined: The contest for the most beautiful had only just begun...
Dated: 27.01.2016 [prepublication]
Ephemera: Comes complete with a chapter sampler signed by Emily Hauser
Book Stats
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Imprint: Doubleday
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780857523143
ISBN 10: 0857523147
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 372
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 163 x 38mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Julie Schell
Jacket design: Becky Glibbery / TW
Jacket photographs: Yurko Gud / Shutterstock

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