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The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker

The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker

This is № 88 of of an exclusive edition of only 100 copies

Title: The Silence of the Girls

Author:  Pat Barker

ISBN:  9780241338070

Weight:  789g

Numbered and signed first edition, first printing




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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent – till now.

When her city falls to the Greeks, led to victory by the god-like warrior Achilles, Briseis’s old life is shattered.  Abducted and shipped to the Greek camp on the battleground at Troy, she goes from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to Achilles as a prize of honour.  She’s not alone.  On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long, bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters.

As told in The Iliad, the Trojan War was a quarrel between men – over Helen, stolen from her home and spirited to Troy, a voiceless female icon of male desire.  But what of the women in this story, silenced by their fates?  What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?

In this magnificent novel of the Trojan War, Pat Barker summons the voices of Briseis and her fellow women to tell this mythic story anew, foregrounding their experiences against the backdrop of savage battle between men.  One of the great contemporary writers on war and its collateral damage, Pat Barker here reimagines the most famous of all wars in literature, charting one woman’s journey through the chaos of the Greek encampment, as she struggles to free herself and to become the author of her own story.

Peer & Press Reviews

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…  Chilling, powerful, audacious.


An important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present, and at how anger and hatred play out in our societies.


Its magnificent final section can’t help but make you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma…  You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers.

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Bibliographic Info

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Title The Silence of the Girls
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 100 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a signed authentication page, tipped-in directly before the title page, that confirms the book’s handwritten number.  This page also has the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication printed on it.

Book number 88 of 100
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the number authentication page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon–Fri at 10:45pm from 24 Sep 2018.
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Hamish Hamilton
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241338070
ISBN 10 0241338077
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 324
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket artwork Sarah Young

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