Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Trojan Horse

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The Trojan Horse (2008) Post 161

The Trojan Horse is one of a set of non-fiction titles I wrote as a commission. Each of these had its challenges; mostly because the subject matter, although enticing for children, has aspects that are upsetting or difficult to explain in sufficiently simple terms. The Trojan Horse is a tale of adultery, murder war and mayhem. The romanticism of the face that launched a thousand ships doesn't detract from the fact that no one comes out of the story well. It's a rip-roaring and richly emotional and dramatic plot, but really... all the Trojan men killed off and the women and children enslaved...whoever thought that was suitable for children? Nevertheless, kids have been reading and enjoying Greek mythstory for many years; me included, so maybe they're tougher than we think. (Mind you, my favourite storybook of yore, The Shining Ones, did leave me with some odd impressions of the Greek myths so bowdlerised was it.

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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