If you enjoyed The Song of Achilles, then you’ll love A Thousand Ships.
“If you read The Iliad and The Odyssey more than the single time required in high school, if you've seen Troy in it's entirety with its Hollywood heartthrobs an embarrassingly number of times, if you've named a pet Hector or Patroclus, or if you love Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles, then this book is certainly for you. If none of that is true, but you appreciate creative narrative play or have an interest in the role of women in history, if you enjoy Greek mythology or read the entire Percy Jackson series with your kid, then this book is also for you. Well written, strong voices, and a unique style make this a delight.”Kristine, Buttonwood Books and Toys
“From The Aeneid to The Iliad and The Odyssey, classic stories of the Trojan War are implicitly reliant on the role of women, however reticent they are portrayed. Finally — finally! — we have a retelling that does women, girls, and goddesses justice. Through the perspective of women in various places and times during the war, Natalie Haynes constructs an epic collage that follows the warriors, refugees, oracles, muses, wives, and daughters of Troy, Greece, and beyond in one of the most famous conflicts in world history.”Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange
“If you ever found yourself wondering 'where are the women?' in the mythos and antiquity you've been presented, A Thousand Ships is for you. In fact, it's undeniably important for ALL who study Greek history and myth from the single lens we're often given. Impeccably researched, Haynes gives the women of the Trojan War back their agency and their voices in a series of interconnected stories that are near impossible to put down. Calliope's interludes are especially perfect, each of her chapters a necessary perspective that lends more to the original than one might ever imagine.”Britt, Second Star to the Right
“A Thousand Ships transports the reader back in time to the Trojan War, but in such an intriguing way. Rather than the women playing "bit parts" in the story, Natalie Hayes puts them front and center relegating the "heroes" of the past to the back burner. Her brilliant format weaves together smaller stories and experiences of ordinary women and women famous to the Iliad and the Odyssey in a way that is refreshing and enlightening. Hayes' story telling fleshes out these women in a way that is insightful and worthy of so much more conversation than they have received in the past. Hayes' narration of the audiobook is brilliant and imminently engaging. ”Rebecca, Rediscovered Books
If you enjoyed The Book of Longings, then you’ll love A Thousand Ships.
“An absolutely riveting performance! I found myself at times holding my breath as Natalie Haynes brought to life the women, the unheard, the other half of the epic tales of the Trojan War. Their names are familiar from the classics, but now we meet them as fully realized women, with stories of their own, dreams, brutal disappointments and fierce heroism. We finally hear their voices. Fans of Madeleine Miller’s Circe and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings will relish these tales of ancient kingdoms and rivalries, superbly reimagined and narrated by a storyteller who makes you feel events are unfolding right now, right before your eyes.”Sonia, Warwick's
If you enjoyed Circe, then you’ll love A Thousand Ships.
“THIS is the literary Greek Mythology retelling that fans of Circe should get immediately! The narration by the author is perfect, the story is beautifully written, and it's from the perspective that we've always needed to hear from—the WOMEN of the war. I so so highly recommend this one!”Nichole, The Yankee Bookshop
“A retelling of the Trojan War where the women are as heroic (if not more so) than the men. I especially liked Penelope’s arc, told through letters to her wayward and philandering husband. Having the author read the audiobook was 100% the right choice. ”Leah, Bards Alley
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