"A Thousand Ships is a journey into the unexplored parts of the most famous Western epic ever told. Sorrowful, vengeful, and hopeful--this beautiful retelling of the Iliad illustrates the resilient heroism of women dealing with the bitter consequences of war."
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a gorgeous retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and consequences—for fans of Madeline Miller.
“With her trademark passion, wit, and fierce feminism, Natalie Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War.”—Madeline Miller, author of Circe
This is the women’s war, just as much as it is the men’s. They have waited long enough for their turn . . .
This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of them all . . .
In the middle of the night, a woman wakes to find her beloved city engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over. Troy has fallen.
From the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to the Amazon princess who fought Achilles on their behalf, to Penelope awaiting the return of Odysseus, to the three goddesses whose feud started it all, these are the stories of the women whose lives, loves, and rivalries were forever altered by this long and tragic war.
A woman’s epic, powerfully imbued with new life, A Thousand Ships puts the women, girls and goddesses at the center of the Western world’s great tale ever told.
Natalie Haynes is the author of six books. She has written and recorded six series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for the BBC. Natalie appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 2002-2006, where she became the first woman ever nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. She has been on tour with Stand-Up Classics shows since 2010. Natalie has written for the Times, Independent, Guardian, and Observer.