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  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241983201
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.00

The Silence of the Girls

From the Booker prize-winning author of Regeneration




The greatest war story in literature, retold by our greatest living storyteller on war - in the voice of the forgotten woman who lived through it

Queen Briseis has been stolen from her conquered homeland and given as a concubine to a foreign warrior. The warrior is Achilles: famed hero, loathed enemy, ruthless butcher, darkly troubled spirit. Briseis's fate is now indivisibly entwined with his.

No one knows it yet, but there are just ten weeks to go until the Fall of Troy, the end of this long and bitter war. This is the start of The Iliad: the most famous war story ever told. The next ten weeks will be a story of male power, male ego, male violence. But what of the women? The thousands of female slaves in the soldiers' camp - in the laundry, at the loom, laying out the dead? Briseis is one of their number - and she will be our witness to history.

  • Published: 18 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241983201
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Pat Barker

Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991), The Eye in the Door (1993) and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Border Crossing and Double Vision. She lives in Durham.

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Praise for The Silence of the Girls

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... Chilling, powerful, audacious

The Times

An important, powerful, memorable book that invites us to look differently not only at The Iliad but at our own ways of telling stories about the past and the present, and at how anger and hatred play out in our societies

Guardian

She gives a voice to the voiceless...The Silence of the Girls is a book that will be read in generations to come

Daily Telegraph

An impressive feat of literary revisionism that should be on the Man Booker longlist... This is a story about the very real cost of wars waged by men... Barker makes us re-think history

Independent

An assured triumph

Sunday Times

Its magnificent final section can't help but make 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

A stunning return to form

Observer

The magic of Barker's book is that the resonance of giving silenced women a voice at the centre of the story is just as relevant today

Grazia

Giving voice to the voiceless, this is a gripping feat of imagination that succeeds in being relevant today

Woman and Home

Angry, thoughtful, sad, deeply humane and compulsively readable, The Silence of the Girls shows that 36 years after her first novel was published, Barker is a writer at the peak of her powers

Irish Times

The most important novel based on The Iliad so far this century

Edith Hall

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