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The Song of Achilles

(2011)
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book
Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Achilles, 'best of all the Greeks', is everything Patroclus is not - strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess - and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.

Genre: Historical
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Praise for this book

"Mary Renault lives again! A ravishingly vivid and convincing version of one of the most legendary of love stories." - Emma Donoghue

"The Iliad turns on Achilles' pride and his relationship with Patroclus, but Homer is sparing with the personal--so much so that, though we believe in their friendship, we do not understand it. The Song of Achilles brings light to their love. This is a beautiful book." - Zachary Mason

"Many thanks for sending me Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles. I found it a real page-turner. It's a gripping narrative and vividly told. The fighting is very well described and that's hard to pull off. It's also an interesting take on Homer and the author obviously knows the poem and the period. I'm sure it will be a huge success." - Charles Palliser

"The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar's homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan war and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down." - Ann Patchett


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August 2012 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Song of Achilles (P.S.)
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April 2012 : UK Hardback

Title: The Song Of Achilles
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March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Song of Achilles: A Novel
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September 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Song of Achilles
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September 2011 : UK Hardback
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics
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ISBN: 1-4088-9138-7 / 978-1-4088-9138-4 (UK edition)
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
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April 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: The Song Of Achilles
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August 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Song of Achilles: A Novel
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Title: The Song of Achilles
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Title: The Song of Achilles
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March 2012 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: The Song of Achilles Intl: A Novel
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Song of Achilles
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June 2012 : USA Audio edition
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June 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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March 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Song of Achilles: A Novel
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December 2011 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Song Of Achilles
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December 2011 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Song Of Achilles
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ISBN: 1-4450-1491-2 / 978-1-4450-1491-3 (UK edition)
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December 2011 : UK MP3 CD

Title: The Song Of Achilles
Author(s): Madeline Miller
ISBN: 1-4450-1492-0 / 978-1-4450-1492-0 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Song of Achilles (Enhanced Edition),: A Novel
Author(s): Madeline Miller
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March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Song of Achilles: A Novel
Author(s): Madeline Miller
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September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Song of Achilles
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