Mary Renault
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Mary Renault

"Born in London as Eileen Mary Challans in 1905 and educated at the University of Oxford, Mary Renault trained as a nurse at Oxford's Radcliffe Infirmary. It was there that she met her lifelong partner, fellow nurse Julie Mullard. After completing her training, Renault wrote her first novel, Purposes of Love, in 1937. In 1948, after her novel Return to Night won an MGM prize worth $150,000, she and Mullard immigrated to South Africa. There, Renault wrote the historical novels that would define her career.

In 2006, Renault was the subject of a BBC 4 documentary, and her books, many of which remain in print on both sides of the Atlantic, are often sought after for radio and dramatic interpretation. In 2010, Fire from Heaven was shortlisted for the 1970 Lost Man Booker prize."

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    • The Persian Boy

    • A Novel of Alexander the Great
    • By: Mary Renault
    • Narrated by: Roger May
    • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
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    The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas....

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    • History Brought to Vivid Life

    • By Carol on 02-08-15

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    • The King Must Die

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    The epic of Thesus, the boy king of Eleusis, ritually preordained to die after one year of marriage to the sacred queen but who defies God's decree and claims his inheritance....

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    • Fire From Heaven

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    Alexander's beauty, strength and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king....

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    • By James on 01-28-15

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    • The Bull from The Sea

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    This second instalment in the story of the legendary hero begins with Theseus' triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur....

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    • Funeral Games

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    Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three, leaving behind an empire that stretched from Greece and Egypt to India....

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    • Postmortem of an Empire and the Dream that United

    • By James on 02-26-15

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    • The Last of the Wine

    • By: Mary Renault
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    Alexias, a young Athenian of good family, grows up just as the Peloponnesian War is drawing to a close....

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    • Portrayal Unbridled Lust of a Bacchanalian? NOT!

    • By James on 04-14-15

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    • The Charioteer

    • By: Mary Renault
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    After surviving the Dunkirk retreat, Laurie Odell, a young homosexual, critically examines his unorthodox lifestyle....

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    • By Christopher on 02-05-16

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    • The Mask of Apollo

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    In a vivid depiction of Ancient Greece and its legendary heroes, The Mask of Apollo tells the story of Nikeratos, the gifted tragic actor at the centre of political and cultural activity in Athens....

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    • By James on 05-12-15

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    • The Praise Singer

    • By: Mary Renault
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    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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    Set in sixth-century Greece at the time of the Tyrants, the Persian Wars, and a great flowering of the arts, this novel takes the form of Simonides' memoirs, written in retirement in Sicily....

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    • Ambrosia for the gods & a feast for Greek geeks

    • By James on 04-20-15

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    • Kind Are Her Answers

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    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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    Kit Anderson is married to Janet, a beautiful but narcissistic woman who seems more shallow to him as time goes by....

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