Silence Of The Girls

Pat Barker

The author of the ‘Regeneration’ trilogy turns her clear eye to the domestic side of the Trojan War, if such a thing can be said to exist at all. Avoiding all the sword and sandal cliches of so many others’ attempts to re-invent the classics, Barker’s other side of ‘The Iliad’ centres on Briseis, given as a prize to Achilles and then taken by Agamemnon. Her view of the siege of Troy from within the Greek camp, pegged so closely to Homer’s that reading the novel is almost like watching a split-stage production, is enthralling, terrifying and convincing.

Hamish Hamilton