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“In a deft survey of the contours of the classical world, elegantly stitched together into a narrative that weaves together 3,000 years of history, Dunn offers a much needed addition to standard histories that include only the men.” Times Literary Supplement (UK)

“Revelatory… an epic act of noticing… [in The Missing Thread] narratives of political and military ambition – the bloody internecine battles of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, for example – become more clearly explorations of intense familial and inter-personal dynamics, laced with division and rancour, rage and loathing – but also grief and longing, loyalty and love. It is all so utterly and desperately human. Ultimately, the book asks the question: what does it mean to participate in history?” – The Spectator (UK)

“Fresh, detailed… an engaging and well-researched history that brings ancient women to life.”Booklist

“A sweeping history thrumming with energy…. Dunn’s deft sleuthing uncovers long-overlooked realities…. Wars, rivalries, and invasions made women central to political alliances, and Dunn details their adept machinations as they moved boldly or plotted secretly. Besides familiar names, such as Cleopatra, Fulvia, and Lucretia, [Dunn] introduces scores more of prodigious prowess and influence…. Her erudition is impressive, and her narrative is consistently animated.” Kirkus Reviews *starred review*

“Bold and ambitious…. Dunn fills The Missing Thread with brilliantly drawn pen-portraits…. A wonderful book: informative, thought provoking, and a pleasure to read.” The Telegraph (UK)

“Groundbreaking… well-researched and elegantly written …. Dunn’s spirited work not only puts the overlooked women at the core of the narrative, but it also reminds us that the past, particularly with sexism and misogyny, has vital lessons for the 21st-century present.” – Independent (UK)

“The book is riveting. Dunn is an excellent storyteller and a master of the primary sources.”Fairer Disputations

“A brilliant concept, executed with enviable elegance. People will go to college to study the ancient world because of this book. Brava, Daisy Dunn!”—Lucy Worsley, author of Agatha Christie
“I loved this radical new take on the familiar stories of the ancient world we all think we know but clearly only know the half. Dunn succeeds magnificently not in erasing men but in bringing out of the shadows some extraordinary women and giving them much more than merely reflected glory. The book sparkles with fresh ideas.”―Anne Sebba, author of Ethel Rosenberg
“Daisy Dunn is the real deal. No thread is left hanging, let alone missing, in her closely woven tapestry of ancient women’s history. Brilliantly conceived and written, The Missing Thread unerringly fingers the (chiefly male) ancients’ inability to understand women and view them in the round.”―Professor Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge, author of The Spartans

“A gem of a book. Thanks to Daisy Dunn’s elegant and lively retelling of history, the women of the ancient world are restored to the centre of the story of classical antiquity, rather than being kept in the shadows. It was a joy to read.” ― Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
“With wonderful lightness of touch, Daisy Dunn has rewritten the history of the ancient world. Coming out of the shadows, so many human faces, from Homer to Agrippina, from Lucretia to Cleopatra. Our vision of antiquity will never be quite the same again.” ― A. N. Wilson, author of Victoria: A Life

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