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  • In a novel filled with names from legend, Briseis stands tall as a heroine: brave, smart and loyal.
    Barker's latest is a wonder.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • The reimagining of mythological epics is certainly having a moment (think, Circe and Song of Achilles), but renowned British writer Pat Barker's The Women of Troy stands apart. Barker has already written about Briseis before, in the excellent The Silence of the Girls, and this continuation of the Trojan woman's story feels like another victory for every person who was silenced by history, their story stolen from them.

    Refinery 29
  • a stirring
    adventure set amid a
    misogynist dystopia

    Anthony Cummins, The Observer
  • Barker is at her best when she evokes Hecuba's grief on the shore, surrounded by a group of female slaves with the ruined city behind them...

    TLS
  • As a novelist, Barker has
    always looked on the world with
    the combination of a cold eye and
    a sympathetic understanding.
    Her characterisation is sharp,
    her sympathy deep. She extends
    it even to the often brutal men.
    Her overall achievement
    is to have taken one of the great
    myths of European history,
    something that has permeated
    Western culture for 3,000 years,
    and made something new and
    immediate of it.

    i
  • I'd still rather
    read Barker's take on the gruesome
    realities and costs of war - ancient
    or modern - than any other novelist
    out there.

    The Daily Telegraph
  • Merciless, stripped of
    consoling beauty, impressively bleak.

    The Guardian
  • This is a powerful page-turner, bringing ancient characters and stories into full colour. Skip Homer, and just enjoy this epic read

    Daily Express
  • Briseis . . . returns again in this rich, readable sequel . . . Barker brings to life the mythical Trojan women.

    New Statesman

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