The Song of Achilles

  Orange Prize for Fiction

Orange Prize winner! The Song of Achilles delves deep into Greek mythology with a dash of historical fiction. Madeline Miller makes fabled figures like Achilles and Patroclus live and breathe, investing them with more emotion than conventional myth usually allows. You'll never look at Helen of Troy the same way again.


Caldecott Medal | Man Booker Prize | National Book Awards | National Book Critics Circle Awards | Newbery Medal | Nobel Prize | Orange Prize | PEN/Faulkner Award | Pulitzer Prize

Orange Prize for Fiction Award Winners


The Song of Achilles

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