A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century
Shorlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award
Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of history's greatest epic
'Magnificent... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard
'Chilling, powerful, audacious... 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' The Times
'A stunning return to form' Observer
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.