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An assured, addictive and captivating tale of forbidden love. Dunmore possesses a gift for turning every genre she touches into gold Daily Telegraph A highly charged, richly evocative story of illicit passion ... conjures up the corruption and rampant consumerism of ancient Rome Daily Mail Powerful, memorable, compelling Sunday Times Dunmore brings to life the people, the smells and the streets of a city where greed is good and lust for sex as well as power is what drives men and women on ... richly evocative, sparkling Tribune Marvellous, powerful, convincing, captivating, compelling, mesmerising, seductive, inventive ... Dunmore at her most innovative and daring Time Out Striking, memorable Sunday Times A moving, passionate tale of two people in love Independent Thanks to generous helpings of corruption, promiscuity, hedonism and celebrity, the Roman Empire feels startlingly modern Psychologies Elegant, transfixing character-driven historical fiction Financial Times Her narrative moves in sensuous leisure...the landscape is exquisitely realised Literary Review Dunmore vividly recreates ancient Roman society...with intricate detail and tormented love, it's a must-read Elle

About the Author

Helen Dunmore has published ten novels with Penguin: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby; House of Orphans and Counting the Stars. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; NULL edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141015039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141015033
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,698,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beverley Strong on July 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of a strange and obsessive love for an older woman by the Roman poet, Catullus, as a young man. In the time of Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus, Catullus, the younger son of a noble family, comes to live in Rome to develop his poetic ability and to make a name for himself as a premier poet. He meets and falls instantly in love with the notorious Clodia Metelli, wife of a prominent Roman Senator. Clodia is notorious for her less than discreet taking of numerous lovers and, although his friends warn him about her doubtful reputation, Catullus is too besotted to care. When Clodia's husband dies a sudden and violently painful death by poison, Catullus is forced to question his nagging suspicion that Clodia or her evil brother are involved. This is a strange book and is unlike anything that I've read before, with Helen Dunmore's lyrical prose drawing the reader back to those roman days of passion, greed and with death by poison being almost expected.
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