The Silence of the Girls
by Pat Barker
Pub Date 30 Aug 2018
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There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silenced.
Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she’s a concubine to Achilles, the man who slaughtered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, how can she survive to become the author of her own story?
The greatest Greek myth retold by the witness history forgot.
Quite the most incredible thing I’ve read this year… For me, this is Pat Barker’s Handmaid’s Tale moment.’
‘Superb. It is as beautifully written as it is brutal in describing the blood-soaked horrors of war.’
‘ If this doesn’t make every serious literary prize shortlist I’ll be very surprised.’