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The Silence of the Girls
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The Silence of the Girls (Hardback)

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'A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women' Kate Atkinson



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



Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story?



Discover the greatest Greek myth of all - retold by the witness history forgot.



'Make[s] 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' Evening Standard



Praise for Pat Barker:



'Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation' Sunday Telegraph



'She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature' Independent



'Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human' Herald



'You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world' Guardian

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fiction Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 30/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241338070  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. Encouraged by Carter to continue writing and exploring the lives of working class women, she sent her fiction out to publishers. Thirty-five years later, she has published fifteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the UK's highest literary honour, the Booker Prize. She lives in Durham and her latest novel is The Silence of the Girls.

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