A Thousand Ships


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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.8 X 1.0 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Natalie Haynes is the author of eight books, including A Thousand Ships, which was a national bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction. She has written and recorded nine series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for the BBC. Haynes has written for the Times, the Independent, the Guardian, and the Observer. She lives in London.


"With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War. Her thoughtful portraits will linger with you long after the book is finished." -- Madeline Miller, author of Circe

"A Thousand Ships does more than acknowledge the suffering of women. It tells in lively fashion gripping tales of bravery, treachery and revenge. . . . It's a timely notion as the modern world reckons with who gets to tell the stories of its diverse populations." -- Washington Post

"In Natalie Haynes' own brilliant construction, the 10-year tale of the Trojan War is retold by the many women ignored, widowed, enslaved, heartbroken and snuffed out by the pride and stupidity of warring men.... A fresh and utterly satisfying feminist take on one of the oldest stories in Western literature." -- Melissa Gray, NPR Best Books of the Year

"Savvy and well plotted.... Haynes's inventiveness in conjuring the lives of Greek and Trojan women through... evocative details keeps the novel humming." -- New York Times Book Review

"Absorbing and fiercely feminist . . . this subversive re-seeing of the classics is a many-layered delight." -- Guardian

"A witty, unapologetically feminist story of women's suffering, courage, and endurance... Haynes' freshly modern version of an ancient tale is perfect for our times." -- Booklist

"An enthralling reimagining of the lives of women from both Troy and Greek culture. . . . Haynes shines by twisting common perceptions of the Trojan War and its aftermath in order to capture the women's experiences." -- Publishers Weekly

"Clever and entertaining." -- Times, UK

"Haynes is master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories." -- Telegraph, UK

"This lively reinvention [of the Trojan War] is worth the journey." -- Library Journal