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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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