“This is as close as you will ever come to entering the world of mythology as a participant.  Stunning, touching and unique.” –Margaret George

“A startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist... a book I could not put down.” –Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

Circe - US Edition

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey

Chosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, Independent, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and Stylist.

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.

Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and Ancient Greek, and has been teaching both for the past nine years. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specialising in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. The Song of Achilles is her first novel and was the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012.


Three New Iliad Translations!

My hometown paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ran an article today reviewing the three translations of the Iliad that are out this fall, by Stephen Mitchell, Anthony Verity and Richard Lattimore (not new, but updated with new notes).  I am very much enjoying reading and comparing them all, especially alongside another new Iliad-inspired piece, Alice Oswald’s…

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The Guardian reviews The Song of Achilles

Thursday, September 29th, 2011.  The Guardian‘s Natalie Haynes reviewed The Song of Achilles.  Here’s an excerpt: “Miller spent 10 years writing this book, yet her smooth prose conceals the painstaking research she has clearly put into it. This is a deeply affecting version of the Achilles story: a fully three-dimensional man – a son, a…

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Post-Tour Update, part I

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011.  I am home again after an absolutely terrific tour abroad, including a launch party hosted by the marvelous Clerkenwell Tales in London.  It was such a treat to get to meet the owner, Peter Ho–it is truly a place “run by booklovers, for booklovers.” After London, I headed off to South…

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The Guardian, Top 10 List

The Guardian ran my top 10 list of Classical stories.  I wish it could have been 20–sorry, Catullus and Cicero…

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