I wrote this review for the online literary magazine Requited, where it appeared in August 2011. However, it now seems to have disappeared from their site, so I thought I would reprint it here. It is, after all, a review I’m rather pleased with, about a book that I thought was outstandingly good. Continue reading
I’ve just re-read The King Must Die by Mary Renault for the first time in, what? 35? 40 years? For a long time it was a book I re-read with astounding regularity, along with her other books set in ancient Greece. Revisiting a book after so long is always a test of faith, but I am glad to say that it withstood the test.
Except, of course, that it was a different book I read. Or at least I assume it was. I don’t think the teenager who first fell in love with the novel could possibly have seen in it the things the older me is now seeing. Continue reading