Glorious Exploits

Glorious Exploits

Fiction, General Fiction
Hardback Published on: 18/01/2024
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Glorious Exploits
A Modern Tribute to the Classical Playwrights
Ferdia Lennon's "Glorious Exploits" is nothing short of an absolutely fantastic modern tribute to the classical playwrights, blending the richness of their... READ MORE
Holly at Craigavon
Glorious Exploits
A really glorious tragedy
Oh my gosh I loved this book. I picked it up expecting a little light entertainment and, within a couple of pages, was overwhelmed by how brutal and humane... READ MORE
Emma Southon
Glorious Exploits
‘This book is a love letter to theatre and art alike.’
Wow wow wow. Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Fig Tree for allowing me to read this proof of Glorious Exploits because I think you may have just spoiled... READ MORE
Abigail at Wokingham
Glorious Exploits
The perfect balance between comedy and tragedy
A brilliant debut novel by Ferdia Lennon, Glorious Exploits it's a beautiful, funny and heartbreaking tale about how powerful art is and how it connects us... READ MORE
Ana Jordao
Glorious Exploits
Completely enthralling
I'm already calling this my book of the year- funny, adventurous, sad, thoughtful and so tense I could not put it down. By the end I was ignoring all my re... READ MORE
Josephine Wilks
Glorious Exploits
Brutal, compelling and brilliant
Glorious Exploits by Ferdia Lennon is a novel that will grab you from the first sentence and won't let you go until the last. It is based on Ancient Greek ... READ MORE
Leonie
Glorious Exploits
Just Superb!!!
Quality writing and storytelling. Reminds me in style and tone of Pat Barker's Greek novels. Suitably funny and tragic. Recommended.
Sean Quigley
Glorious Exploits
Mythology retelling meets Waiting for Godot
Thank you to the publishing house on Netgalley for sending me an early copy of this book. From the first chapter of Glorious Exploits you are thrown into ... READ MORE
Chloë at Cheltenham Waterstones
Glorious Exploits
Play on Words
The plays of Euripedes performed by Athenian PoWs in a Syracusian quarry, all told in an unmistakably Irish-English idiom: that sounds worth exploring, rig... READ MORE
Richard Hayden in Rye
Glorious Exploits
Hilarious and Heartbreaking
A thoroughly entertaining debut from an exciting new voice. A biting dark comedy that will crack you up and make you cry in equal measure. Perfect for fans... READ MORE
Jade B
Glorious Exploits
The West End in Ancient Greece
I really enjoyed the unique premise of this story and Lennon's writing felt accomplished. Throughout the book, the witty elements made for a page-turning r... READ MORE
Josh (Waterstones Chichester)

Synopsis

It’s 412BC, and in the quarries of Syracuse Athenian prisoners are reciting Euripides for bread and olives. Inspired, two local men decide to stage Medea – after all, you can hate the invaders but love the poetry. As the play draws near, friends and enemies become hard to distinguish and their courage is tested in unexpected ways. Fiercely original.

Synopsis

An exhilarating, fiercely original story of brotherhood, war and art, and of daring to dream of something bigger than ourselves. It's 412 BC, and Athens' invasion of Sicily has failed catastrophically. Thousands of Athenian soldiers are held captive in the quarries of Syracuse, starving, dejected, and hanging on by the slimmest of threads. Lampo and Gelon are local potters, young men with no work and barely two obols to rub together. When they take to visiting the nearby quarry, they discover prisoners who will, in desperation, recite lines from the plays of Euripides for scraps of bread and a scattering of olives. And so an idea is born: the men will put on Medea in the quarry. A proper performance to be sung of down the ages. Because after all, you can hate the Athenians for invading your territory, but still love their poetry. But as the audacity of their enterprise dawns on them, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between enemies and friends. As the performance draws near, the men will find their courage tested in ways they could never have imagined ...

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241617649
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 136 x 30 mm

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Glorious Exploits
A stunner from the start
A novel well worthy of our times, Glorious Exploits blinded me with its brilliance. Transported back to 412BC Syracuse where Athenian would-be-invaders, no... READ MORE
KimG9
Glorious Exploits
A very clever conclusion, interesting story
This was an interesting story of a very different kind to the usual stories about this part of the Meditteranean.. Some great descriptions that brought the... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
Glorious Exploits
Funny historical fiction
5th century BC Syracuse recently fought off an attack by the Athenians and hundreds of Athenian prisoners are kept in a disused quarry. where they are slow... READ MORE
Aidan Dunn
Glorious Exploits
Original and hugely entertaining
Glorious Exploits is sensational! What an amazing read; bursting with life and action and I couldn’t put it down. Difficult to believe this is a debut. T... READ MORE
Anita Wallas
Glorious Exploits
Incredible and unique
This book is delightful and original. I read an advanced copy though NetGalley and it was one of my top reads of 2023. It's written beautifully, with a nar... READ MORE
Rose Kooper-Johnson
Glorious Exploits
Poignant, funny, dark, violent, heartbreaking, tender and eminently readable
This might just be the most original book I read last year (thanks to an ARC) - and I loved every word. Best friends Gelon and Lampo live in a rapidly ... READ MORE
Jessica Thompson
Glorious Exploits
Crazy and rather fantastic
421 bce and the great Athenian conquest of Sicily has failed. Now the remnants of the army are kept confined in a quarry outside Syracuse and are starving... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Glorious Exploits
Flann O'Brien Meets Euripides
This is a strange book. It's sort of like Flann O'Brien meets Euripides and I'm still not sure if I liked it or not. Set in 412BC, the Athenians have just ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Glorious Exploits
An enjoyable debut with a big heart
With thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for an advance review copy. Set in Syracuse in the aftermath of the Peloponnese wars, this debut novel is an... READ MORE
BluestockingLondon
Glorious Exploits
Great fun
An irreverent and rather cheeky take on the Ancient World and Greek drama in particular. Laugh out loud funny at times the two main characters are on missi... READ MORE
Kate
Glorious Exploits
a story about stories and how their telling connects across cultures.
Glorious Exploits is a book that, at first glance, you might think is simply a humorous tale. It’s a historical novel set during the Peloponnesian War. So ... READ MORE
Charlotte Graham