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Elizabeth Speller is a poet and author of four non-fiction books including a biography of Emperor Hadrian, companion guides to Rome and to Athens, and a memoir, Sunlight on the Garden. She has contributed to publications as varied as the Financial Times, Big Issue and Vogue and produced the libretto for a requiem for Linda McCartney, Farewell, composed by Michael Berkeley (OUP). She currently has a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Warwick and divides her life between Gloucestershire and Greece. She was a prize-winner in both the Ledbury and Bridport poetry competitions in 2008, and her poem, 'Finistere' was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize in 2009. More profitably she is also a ghost blogger.

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Following Hadrian by Elizabeth Speller
“The Romans learned what European armies were to discover hundreds of years later: that the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world might come to grief against partisans fighting on their own territory and for a cause for which they would willingly sacrifice themselves and their families.”
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"Wasn't sure what to make of this when I started it, but then found it hard to put down. Writing is excellent, especially the character development. Well-worth reading!"
At Break of Day by Elizabeth Speller
"This is in a different league to Elizabeth Speller's first two novels which were inter-war Agatha Christie-style whodunnits, and more akin to her lovely memoir The Sunlight on the Garden: A Memoir of Love, War and Madness in its psychological insi..." Read more of this review »
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"I enjoyed this book very much. Thank God it wasn't like a bunch of WWI fiction I have had the misfortune of wasting my time with,where the female characters are so wishy-washy you want to smack them or so militant you want to tranquilize them just..." Read more of this review »
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“He had long been indifferent to which side won; he wished only that one or the other would do so decisively while he was still alive.”
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“Think not lightly, therefore, O Hadrian, of what I am saying. Boast not that you alone have encircled the world in your travels, for it is only the moon and stars that really make the journey around it. Moreover, do not think of yourself as beautiful and great and rich and the ruler of the inhabited world. Know you not that, being a man, you were born to be Life’s plaything, helpless in the hands of fortune and destiny, sometimes exalted, sometimes humbled lower than the grave. Will you not be able to learn what life is, Hadrian, in the light of many examples? Consider how rich with his golden nails was the king of the Lydians. Great as a commander of armies was the king of the Danaans, Agamemnon; daring and hardy was Alexander, king of the Macedonians. Heracles was fearless, the Cyclops wild and untamed, Odysseus shrewd and subtle, and Achilles beautiful to look upon. If fortune took away from these men the distinctions that were peculiarly their own, how much more likely is she to take them away from you?”
Elizabeth Speller, Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire

“The Romans learned what European armies were to discover hundreds of years later: that the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world might come to grief against partisans fighting on their own territory and for a cause for which they would willingly sacrifice themselves and their families.”
Elizabeth Speller, Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire

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“The Romans learned what European armies were to discover hundreds of years later: that the best-trained and best-equipped fighting force in the world might come to grief against partisans fighting on their own territory and for a cause for which they would willingly sacrifice themselves and their families.”
Elizabeth Speller, Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire




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