A Thousand Ships

A Thousand Ships

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 23/07/2020
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A Thousand Ships
Starts strong, lags into confused tones.
This is a great book as an introductory source for the grand overview of characters present around the time of Troy's ten year saga. It has a broad range o... READ MORE
Els Scholey
A Thousand Ships
The story of all of them...
"Sing, Muse, he says..." Starting this novel I knew only the basics of the stories of the Trojan War and the Odyssey, with little-to-no experience of any ... READ MORE
Amy - Lincoln High Street
A Thousand Ships
Haynes lends her voice to the discarded women of the Trojan War
Haynes lends her voice to the disregarded women of the Trojan War in this remarkable compilation of unwavering accounts - breathing life into their stories... READ MORE
A Thousand Ships
Delicious escapism
Another retelling of classic texts. A Thousand Ships follows the events of the Trojan war, exclusively from the perspective of the female figures. A Tho... READ MORE
Alan O'Keeffe


Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

'With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Natalie Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War' - Madeline Miller, author of Circe

In A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.

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. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash..

The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy 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, A Thousand Ships gives voices to the women, girls and goddesses who, for so long, have been silent.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509836215
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 264g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm

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A Thousand Ships
Writing Women Into Life
Writing Women Into Life "I have sung of the women, the women in the shadows. I have sung of the forgotten, the ignored, the untold. I have picked up the ol... READ MORE
Terence, Bookseller Newry
A Thousand Ships
Worthy of a position on the same shelf as the likes of Pat Barker and Madeline Miller, it’s so great to see the stories of the women of the myths we know s... READ MORE
Small Adventurist
A Thousand Ships
Stunning. I love(d) this book!
*opened book* *blinked* *finished book* I absolutely adored A Thousand Ships which tells the story of the women involved in the Trojan War. The s... READ MORE
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A Thousand Ships
Penelope shut up
A pretty good read here, with a new story for me to dive into. I love Haynes' writing and here she did not disappoint. The only bit about this I disliked w... READ MORE
holly can read
A Thousand Ships
An excellent novel giving a voice to the Trojan women as well as many others affected by the Trojan war. Both witty and tragic.
A Thousand Ships
A female-centric survey of and introduction to the Greek legends
"I’m not offering him the story of one woman during the Trojan War, I’m offering him the story of all the women in the war. Well, most of them (I haven’t d... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
A Thousand Ships
Wonderful retelling of a familiar story
I absolutely loved this book. I was familiar with the story of Troy in its broad terms and I’m so disappointed in myself for never noticing that it just gl... READ MORE
Katherine Crowe
A Thousand Ships
A thousand ships set sail for Troy to return one woman. Haynes's masterpiece is the story of the woman affected by the ensuing war. From Hecabe in ruined T... READ MORE
A Thousand Ships
The Women Of War
A thoroughly enjoyable and modern reworking of the Trojan War’s aftermath, seen from the perspective of the women involved. It doesn’t duck the brutality n... READ MORE
A Thousand Ships
A warm, witty and intelligent re-telling of the Illiad from myriad female perspectives
I thoroughly enjoyed A Thousand Ship, being both a bit of a classics geek and fan of Hayne's highly enjoyable R4 podcast Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the C... READ MORE
Sarah Jenkins
A Thousand Ships
Vivid story telling
If you want a fascinating read with some really well-crafted story telling, I can absolutely recommend A Thousand Ships. You may have heard some of her Rad... READ MORE
Felicity Ward-Smith
A Thousand Ships
The Epic Telling Of The Unsung Heroes Of One Of The World's Most Legendary Wars
'And I have sung of the women, the women in the shadows. I have sung of the forgotten, the ignored, the untold. I have picked up the old stories and and I ... READ MORE
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A Thousand Ships
Haynes, our own muse...
Haynes, our own muse, has sung the song of ancient women in her novel 'A Thousand Ships'. She beautifully rewrites the infamous Trojan battle and its after... READ MORE
Rachael Hendricks
A Thousand Ships
I probably wouldn't read this again
I didn't know how this book was written before I started it. It's very broken up into short chapters from so many points of view it was rather confusing. ... READ MORE
A Thousand Ships
The structure and style of the many vignettes which make up this novel does not encourage a fully immersive experience.
I really enjoyed the recently published re-working of Ancient World stories by Pat Barker and Madeleine Miller, not least because of their female perspecti... READ MORE
Sarah D
A Thousand Ships
Couldn’t put it down
Wonderful telling of a story we all know but from the women who suffered the most
Charlotte Coley