After ten bloody years the war with Troy is over - the Greeks have destroyed the city. Now it is time for Odysseus and the other Greeks to return to their kingdoms across the sea. Here begins the tale of the Odyssey, as sung by the blind poet Homer. In this shortened retelling, Pauline Francis brings vividly to life the struggles of the great hero and his dwindling band of men, as they overcome sea monsters, one-eyed giants, and the meddling of enraged gods and goddesses. After ten weary years, Odysseus finally returns to his island home, to find his wife and home besieged by an army of loutish suitors, and his son helpless against them. And so one last great and brave act is required of the ageing man...
Pauline Francis has many years' experience of language teaching at secondary level and is a qualified librarian. She now writes full-time.