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The Odyssey

Author: Homer

Publisher: Penguin (2003)

Homer's great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. His colourful adventures, his endurance, his love for his wife and son have the same power to move and inspire readers today as they did in Archaic Greece, 2800 years ago.

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The Once And Future King

Author: T.H. White

Publisher: HARPERVoyager (2015)

T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. Here all five volumes that make up the story are published together in a single volume, as White himself always wished. This is the tale of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlyn and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly; of knights, wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad; the masterpiece of fantasy by which all others are judged. Contains The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn.

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The Pale Horseman

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Part of a series: The Last Kingdom

Publisher: HarperCollins (2006)

The second book in Bernard Cornwell’s epic and bestselling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

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The Seven Voyages Of Sindbad The Sailor

Author: N J Dawood

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

This is a well-known story is taken from "The One Thousand and One Nights".

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The Silence Of The Girls

Author: Pat Barker

Publisher: Penguin (2019)

When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers' camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men - but Briseis has a very different tale to tell . . .

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The Song Of Troy

Author: Colleen McCullough

Publisher: Orion Books (1998)

The tragic and terrible drama of the war between Greeks and Trojans, the long siege of Troy, and the impact of one woman's beauty on the fate of two nations, is played out again in this dazzling novel based on Homer's Iliad. Here is the enchanting Helen, who we first meet as a spoiled teenager and whose passion for the handsome, reckless Paris leads to the betrayal of her husband, King Menelaus, and the fall of the House of Troy. Here is powerful King Agamemnon with his terrifyingly ambitious wife Klytemnestra and his soothsaying mistress Kassandra. We meet Odysseus, doomed to wander the Aegean for twenty long years; brave Achilles, who is haunted by the mad shade of his mother; the heroes Hektor and Ajax, and many more. Chapter by chapter the narrative is handed from one character to another as the long years of siege, bloody battles, love and death unfold and the gods exact their retribution. With extraordinary vividness Colleen McCullough engages our sympathy for each character and gives this ancient saga a contemporary sense of urgency and excitement.

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The Voyages Of Odysseus

Author: Homer

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

On the long voyage home to Ithaca from the Trojan war, Odysseus and his men face danger and death. Here, Odysseus outwits the ferocious Cyclops, flees the carnivorous Laestrygonians, is seduced by the enchantress Circe and survives the attack of the repulsive twelve-legged, six-headed monster Scylla, among other terrifying adventures. The Odyssey is thought to have been composed towards the end of the eighth century BC. It is published in Penguin Classics as is Homer’s Iliad.

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The White Mare

Author: Jules Watson

Publisher: Orion (2005)

AD 79 and Agricola, the ruthless governor of Roman Britain, is turning his attentions to the last unconquered territory in Britain: Alba, Scotlandl. Rhiann is a courageous and beautiful Scottish princess and priestess, scarred by her violent past. She faces what for her is the ultimate sacrifice - a forced marriage - to protect the freedom of her people. Eremon is an enigmatic Irish prince, an exile, who must seek an alliance elsewhere to regain his throne. With war and chaos looming for her people, Rhiann finds herself drawn into an unexpected journey of the spirit and heart, which will reveal the true purpose of her life . . . It requires a special sort of imagination to create a plausible vision of Britain at the time of the Roman conquest. Jules Watson's THE WHITE MARE, the first in an epic trilogy of life in Celtic Britain, rises effortlessly to the challenge' DAILY EXPRESS

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The Winter King

Author: Bernard Cornwell

Part of a series: The Warlord Chronicles

Publisher: Penguin (2007)

Uther, the High King of Britain, has died, leaving the infant Mordred as his only heir. His uncle, the loyal and gifted warlord Arthur, now rules as caretaker for a country which has fallen into chaos - threats emerge from within the British kingdoms while vicious Saxon armies stand ready to invade. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the Saxon enemy, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere.

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