The Silence of the Girls
Hamish Hamilton | Hardback
Published: 30 August 2018
The Silence of the Girls | Pat Barker
‘A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan war from the point of view of the women’ Kate Atkinson
There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent – till now.
Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story?
Discover the greatest Greek myth of all – retold by the witness history forgot.
‘Make[s] you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma… You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers‘ Evening Standard
Praise for Pat Barker:
‘Barker delves unflinchingly into the enduring mysteries of human motivation‘ Sunday Telegraph
‘She is not only a fine chronicler of war but of human nature’ Independent
‘Barker is a writer of crispness and clarity and an unflinching seeker of the germ of what it means to be human’ Herald
‘You go to her for plain truths, a driving storyline and a clear eye, steadily facing the history of our world‘ Guardian