The Sand-reckoner

The Sand-reckoner

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Gillian Bradshaw is a consummate writer, as is evidenced by her intelligent, exciting historical novels. Now Bradshaw presents us with a fictional account of Archimedes, one of the most innovative and intriguing thinkers of the ancient world. The young Archimedes has had three years of heaven at Ptolemy's Museum at Alexandria. But heaven must be forsaken when he learns that his father is ailing and his home city of Syrcuse is at war with the Romans. Reluctant but resigned, Archimedes goes home to build catapults as a royal engineer. He experiences fame and loss, love and war, wealth and betrayal - none of which affects him nearly as much as the divine beauty of mathematics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 351 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 328g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0312875819
  • 9780312875817
  • 550,690

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"Delightful . . . true brilliance arises in a number of places . . . The theme of freedom, exemplified by verses from the Odyssey where more chains, not fewer, keep the hero free from the sirens' song bring The Sand-Reckoner to the timeless level of the best historical fiction." --Historical Novel Society Review

"Bradshaw makes ancient history immediate and thrilling." --The Orlando Sentinel

"Bradshaw is known for atmospheric accuracy, period characterizations, and rousing plots . . . She lends the conventions of the historical novel a rare and unusual depth." --The Boston Globe
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About Gillian Bradshaw

Gillian Bradshaw won the Hopwood Prize for fiction with her first novel, Hawk of May. She has BAs in English and Classical Greek, and sold her first novel while preparing for exams for her third degree, in Greek in Latin Literature. Her novels include Cleopatra's Heir, Render Unto Caesar, The Sand-Reckoner, and The Wolf Hunt. She and her husband live in Coventry in England. They have four children and a dog.
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720 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 39% (279)
4 41% (297)
3 17% (122)
2 2% (16)
1 1% (6)
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