Join Madeline Miller to talk about THE SONG OF ACHILLES, November's Book of the Month, on Tues 4 December, 9-10pm

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It is non-stop prize-winners this autumn... November's choice is the 2012 Orange Prize-scooping THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller, a hugely enjoyable, rip-roaring tale that zips along with great pace. Miller has taken The Iliad and reimagined it through the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, his best friend. All the set pieces are here: Helen choosing a husband, the gathering of kings to go to war, the fight for Troy, the death of Hector. And all the familiar faces too: cruel Agamemnon, cunning Odysseus, vengeful goddess Thetis. But the truly epic nature of this novel comes from the relationship that grows between the two young men, first as young boys, then as adolescents and finally as lovers. Even though the story is as old as the hills, Miller's imaginative power gives it a rollickingly fresh approach. Gloriously good fun.

Our book of the month page has lots more about THE SONG OF ACHILLES and Madeline, including our 50 copy giveaway...

If you're not lucky enough to bag one of those, you can get a Kindle edition or paperback copy here

We are thrilled that Madeline will be joining us to discuss the book and answer any questions about THE SONG OF ACHILLES, the Orange Prize and her writing career on Tuesday 4 December, 9-10pm. See you there...

Yup, as GeraldineMumsnet pointed out, we've a soft spot for Elizabeth Von Arnim here too - Enchanted April is the literary equivalent of a hot water bottle, I think.

Wonderful reading recommendations all round, thank you for the inspiration.

Just a few minutes to go for any final answers, then we'd better let you go...

MadelineMiller Tue 04-Dec-12 22:00:10

Thank you everyone, so much, for the terrific questions. My apologies for not getting to all of them, and do feel free to drop me a line (via my website) if there's something you want answered! I feel very fortunate to have such thoughtful and lovely readers.

It has been a great evening - thank you to everyone for all their questions.

And Madeline, thank you very very much indeed, for all your energy and generosity in talking to us tonight. And for a wonderfully fulfilling and thought-provoking book.

Good luck with the next project - and please come and talk to us again when it comes out.

Many thanks again.

DuchessofMalfi Wed 05-Dec-12 08:15:17

A belated thank you to Madeline Miller for answering my question smile. I'm also struggling to fight off the flu virus, with not much success yet. I shall be looking out for your next novel and, in the meantime, filling in the big gaps in my knowledge of Greek mythology.

LineRunnerWithBellsOn Wed 05-Dec-12 08:28:34

I missed this book and this webchat, just coming across it via an email from MN.

I think I shall ask for it for Christmas.

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