Mary Renault

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Top 10 Quakers in fiction
From magnanimous Mrs Wilcox in Howards End to the bloodthirsty Captain Bildad in Moby-Dick, these portrayals complicate porridge-oat stereotypes

Bridget Collins

09, Jan, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Reading group: which book about gay life should we read in August?
To mark the 50th anniversary of decriminalisation in the UK, please help choose a novel to mark the occasion. There are hundreds to choose from

Sam Jordison

01, Aug, 2017 @12:53 PM

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Mary Renault Reading group live webchat: Tom Holland
Reading group: The historian, novelist and expert on the classical age will be here to discuss Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy from 1pm on Friday 29 August. Post your questions now

Sam Jordison

26, Aug, 2014 @8:59 AM

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Mary Renault's Alexander: history and fiction both
Reading group: Her protagonist is an imaginary hero, but he draws his power for the reader from the true history in which he is embedded

Sam Jordison

21, Aug, 2014 @11:01 AM

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Making Alexander great: creating a hero from zero
One of Renault's biggest achievements is making a murderous terror into a credible, sympathetic character, but should we just accept history on its own terms, asks Sam Jordison

Sam Jordison

12, Aug, 2014 @10:31 AM

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Historical fiction can speak very clearly to the present and the past
Reading group: Mary Renault's novels, along with the genre as a whole, suffer from a groundless presumption that it is both cosy and irrelevant

Sam Jordison

05, Aug, 2014 @9:31 AM

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August's Reading group: The Alexander trilogy by Mary Renault
Landmarks of historical fiction, psychologically intense – and also very entertaining, Renault seems perfect for this month's choice

Sam Jordison

31, Jul, 2014 @9:28 AM

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The Charioteer by Mary Renault – review

A compelling atmosphere of 'amazed discovery' characterises Mary Renault's 1953 landmark of gay literature, writes Rachel Cooke

Rachel Cooke

03, Nov, 2013 @10:05 AM

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Looking back at the Lost Booker: Mary Renault

Sam Jordison: Fire From Heaven, a bracing retelling of how Alexander became Great is no masterpiece, but it's great entertainment

Sam Jordison

03, May, 2010 @9:00 AM

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