Booker Prize-winning novelist Pat Barker’s new book The Silence of the Girls is set in the mythical world of Achilles and the Greek conquest of Troy. But it’s only one of several recent raids on the stories of Ancient Greece in search of modern resonance – especially in their reassessment of the originals’ portrayal of women.
It’s 23 years since Barker won the Booker Prize for The Ghost Road, the final part of her trilogy about the First World War.
But the events she deals with in The Silence of the Girls were always an invention, even in Homer’s Iliad, she says.
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