One of her six best books, as told to the Scottish Sunday Express:
The IliadRead about the other books on the list.
This might sound obvious or marginally pretentious but this epic and its companion volume The Odyssey sing with passion and timeless insights into the human condition. And he comes up with remarkably sensitive phrases: children are a “welcome burden” in the lap, Athena brushes away an arrow from a warrior as gently as “a mother shooing a fly from her sleeping child”.
The Iliad also appears on James Anderson Winn's five best list of works of war poetry and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best funerals in literature and ten of the best examples of ekphrasis. It is one of Karl Marlantes's top ten war stories.