Song of Achilles

Sam’s Pick: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Heartbreaking and beautiful.

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This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read. A familiar story but retold in such a way that you are gripped from start to finish, desperate for it not to end in the way you remember! Even better in these gorgeous Bloomsbury classic covers!

The god touches his finger to the arrow’s fletching. Then he breathes, a puff of air – as if to send dandelions flying, to push toy boats over water. And the arrow flies, straight and silent, in a curving, downward arc towards Achilles’ back. Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men. But when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles is dispatched to distant Troy to fulfil his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.