Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018
‘You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers’ Evening Standard
‘A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women’ Kate Atkinson
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 . . .