Pat Barker is renowned for her handling of war and its consequences – her Regeneration trilogy was highly acclaimed. Her latest book also deals with war – the Trojan War – and the plight of the women who were taken as spoils of war, women who one day were queens and the next slaves, derided, despised and humiliated.

Briseis, queen of Lyrnessus, is given to Achilles, the most famous warrior of the times, as a prize, and it is predominantly through her eyes that the story of the chaos and terror of life in the Greek camp outside the walls of Troy is told. This is moving and passionate story magnificently written by Pat Barker.

~ Heather