This month we’re time-travelling back more than 3,000 years, via last year’s Orange prizeAfter a long run of classics and novels from long dead writers, the hat has selected a book that is fresh and contemporary, even if it’s set more than 3,000 years ago. We’re going to be reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, published just one year ago in the UK – and the winner of last year’s, last ever Orange prize.Londonsquirrel says this book is “a wonderful, age-old story, told beautifully. A book to make your heart sing, and break.”I hope my ticker can take the strain! Plenty of other people will agree with this positive assessment. Reviewing it in the Observer, Natalie Haynes wrote: “This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully three-dimensional man – a son, a father, husband and lover – now exists where a superhero previously stood and fought.”The strapline describes it as “the first book that portrays Achilles as a lover not a fighter”. That’s heartening – but also slightly troubling. For plenty of the time in the Iliad, Achilles is moping, hanging out with Patroclus his lover, annoyed because Agamemnon has nabbed his favourite pretty …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books