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The Women of Troy - Pat Barker

The Women of Troy - Pat Barker

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Title: The Women of Troy

Author:  Pat Barker

ISBN:  9780241427231

Weight:  870 g

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The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

Following her bestselling, critically acclaimed The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker continues her extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest myths.

Troy has fallen. The Greeks have won their bitter war.  They can return home as victors – all they need is a good wind to lift their sails.  But the wind has vanished, the seas becalmed by vengeful gods, and so the warriors remain in limbo – camped in the shadow of the city they destroyed, kept company by the women they stole from it.

The women of Troy.

Helen – poor Helen.  All that beauty, all that grace – and she was just a mouldy old bone for feral dogs to fight over.

Cassandra, who has learned not to be too attached to her own prophecies.  They have only ever been believed when she can get a man to deliver them.

Stubborn Amina, with her gaze still fixed on the ruined towers of Troy, determined to avenge the slaughter of her king.

Hecuba, howling and clawing her cheeks on the silent shore, as if she could make her cries heard in the gloomy halls of Hades.  As if she could wake the dead.

And Briseis, carrying her future in her womb: the unborn child of the dead hero Achilles.  Once again caught up in the disputes of violent men.  Once again faced with the chance to shape history.

Masterful and enduringly resonant, ambitious and intimate, The Women of Troy continues Pat Barker’s extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest classical myths.

Peer & Press Reviews

In a novel filled with names from legend, Briseis stands tall as a heroine: brave, smart and loyal.  Barker’s latest is a wonder.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Barker has already written about Briseis before, in the excellent The Silence of the Girls, and this continuation of the Trojan woman’s story feels like another victory for every person who was silenced by history, their story stolen from them.


Barker’s blunt, earthy prose strips the romance from Greek mythology, revealing its foundations in murder and oppression, yet she also understands – and conveys –the stark appeal of these ancient stories as she asks us to reconsider them through the eyes of their victims.  As with her masterful Regeneration trilogy, the inconclusive close of this volume leaves readers hungry to know what happens next to a host of complex and engaging characters.  Vintage Barker: challenging, stimulating, and profoundly satisfying.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Title The Women of Troy
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
(Printed on this page is the phrase ‘Exclusive signed edition’ the name of the author and the month / year of publication.)
Book Stats
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Hamish Hamilton
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780241427231
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 307
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Ellen Warner
Jacket artwork Sarah Young

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