Written by Adele Geras
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Love, betrayal and revenge abound in this historical tragedy that unfolds quite brilliantly through the writing of a supremely gifted author of historical fiction.. When two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl, Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night when secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds. Love can be deadly. As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life and you can hear the sounds and smell the scents. It's another page-turner.
Dido by Adele Geras
While she was still trembling with the complete unexpectedness of what Aeneas had just said and done, he leaned forward a little and kissed her on the mouth. Just one swift, soft touch of his lips on hers and then he turned and walked away. Love can be deadly. Especially when two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl. Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night ...Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds. This is a passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge.
...a perfect maelstrom of love, jealousy, fate and caprice...Dido is right up there with some of the other masterful retellings of myth and legend. 4 1/2 stars out of 5. The Bookbag
..mature themes and complex plot make for an overall stimulating read. New Books Magazine
Geras's ability to weave a touching new tale in with the well-known one is unique to modern children's authors; Dido is a shining new jewel to her crown. An excellent children's novel The Times
As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life, you can hear the sounds and smell the scents - and it's another page-turner Leslie Wilson Blog
Dido is the latest re-imagined classic by Adele Geras. The Queen of Carthage's doomed love affair with Aeneas is seen from the viewpoint of a young royal maid, Elissam who is also in love with Aeneas. Roman gods and goddesses walk among the human characters, giving the story an effective other-worldly feeling. The narrative demanding, but rewarding. Age 12 plus JC (The Jewish Chronicle)
Greek myths, love triangles, betrayals and lies are all present in Dido, and all make this book an addictive read Wondrous Reads
Adele Geras's Dido is a novelisation for young adults of the great tragic love story, in which she has combined the pre-Virgil myths and the version in the Aeneid with an additional twist that is all her own. She brings to it the accessibility, warmth and immediacy that she brought to Troy and Ithaka, and again the dialogue is modern Armadillo
Adele Geras turns this simple outline into an story of love and loss involving an entire city Monsters and Critics
An absolute must, this retelling of a classic brings together all the thrilling elements of a deadly love story. Full of passion, mysticism and betrayal Now Magazine
About the Author
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David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books
29th April 2010
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