House of Names by Colm Tóibín (Penguin, £14.99)
At the royal palace in Mycenae a great feast has been prepared for King Agamemnon and his warriors, returning victorious from the Trojan war. But the victory has been bought at a terrible price. As the celebrations begin, two bodies are placed on the palace steps, naked and bloody. They are those of Agamemnon himself and his captive, the beautiful seer Cassandra, murdered by Agamemnon’s wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, in revenge for the king’s sacrifice of his own daughter, Iphigenia. Summoned by…
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