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Following the sad recent passing of Christopher Logue, we should all read, or re-read, his life’s work, this magnificent modern re-creation of Homer’s Iliad.  As a meditation on the role of war in human society it is unrivalled, expect perhaps by the Iliad itself, all the more remarkable considering Logue’s pacifism. War Music is also one of the great monuments of 20th Century English verse, an epic in an age that doesn’t produce them, and redolent of the classical world yet skillfully rendered in a modern idiom.

Faber and Faber/paperback/£12.99/9780571209071

Dan Eltringham