We need not just new stories, but a whole new shape to what a story is. And it will start with our writing. June marked fifteen years since Dreaming the Eagle was first published. There were no electronic versions then, no Facebook, no Twitter.
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In AD 60, Boudica, war leader of the Eceni, led her people in a final bloody revolt against the occupying armies of Rome. It was the culmination of nearly twenty years of resistance against an occupying force that sought to crush a vibrant, complex civilization and replace it with the laws, taxes and slavery of the Roman Empire.
In the company of a supreme storyteller, the reader is plunged into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Romans came: a twilight world of Dreamers and the magic of the gods; a world where horses and dogs and the landscape itself become characters in their own right; where warriors fight for honour as much as victory.
Above all, it is a world of passion and courage and spectacular, heart-felt heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. Manda Scott's Boudica will tell the extraordinary, resounding story of Britain's first and greatest warrior queen, the woman who remains one of the great female icons - to read it is to discover our history, to learn about ourselves and our heritage. Breathtakingly good, it reveals the best and worst in all of us". Manda Scott is one of the great storytellers of our time.
Over the past two decades she has brought iconic historical figures back to life, re-imagined and rebooted for the 21st Century. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages. Her most recent novel is Into The Fire. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter.
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Dreaming the Eagle
Manda Scott born  is a former veterinary surgeon who is now a novelist, blogger, columnist and occasional broadcaster. Born and educated in Glasgow , Scotland,  she trained at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and now lives and works in Shropshire. Her first novel, Hen's Teeth was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels, Night Mares , Stronger than Death and No Good Deed , for which she was hailed as 'one of Britain's most important crime writers' by The Times, were published by Headline and are now published, along with her other books, by Transworld Publishers , an imprint of Random House.
Boudica: 15 years on
You can see the stars through the smoke hole in a roundhouse. And the moon if the angle of declension is kind. Smoke leaks out slowly, drifting across the rafters and carrying the odd fragment of burning ash. If you lie on your back and let your eyes go soft, the circle of the smoke hole blends eventually with the triangle, then the square, then the pentangle, then, finally, the hexagon of the supporting beams in a spinning geometry of dreams.
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