Author(s): Gillian Cross
Neil Packer's glorious illustrations and Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling bring to life Homer's Iliad, the greatest war story ever told. The team that produced the Odyssey in 2012 now tell the story of the ten year war that preceded Odysseus's long journey home to Ithaca. This faithful retelling begins with Prince Paris's abduction of Helen of Sparta, and goes on to the quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles, and the great battles under the walls of Troy towards the end of the siege that result in the deaths of Patroclus, the Trojan hero Hector, and finally Achilles himself. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to what has been called the finest literary achievement of Greek civilisation.
Gillian Cross is an acclaimed author for young people, who won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, and the Whitbread Award and the Smarties Prize for The Great Elephant Chase. Her Demon Headmaster books were turned into a successful television series by the BBC. Gillian and her husband Martin live in Shaftesbury, Dorset. They have four children. www.gillian-cross.co.uk