Thursday, 31 May 2012

Orange Prize for Fiction 2012...


The Orange Prize Winner 2012 is Announced

Madeline Miller


with


The Song of Achilles


The Song of Achilles


The Orange prize for Fiction is a prestigious award granted to a female author writing in English.

The Song of Achilles is Madeline Miller's debut novel, she was was delighted to be given this award and £300,000 prize money at a glittering reception on 30 May 2012, in London's Royal Festival Hall. 


Synopsis from Goodreads

Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing. As they grow into young men their bond blossoms into something far deeper — despite the displeasure of Achilles's mother. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned. 







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