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Head of Zeus
Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track Annelise Gray
 Circus Maximus, 2

Dido is the only girl ever to have won victory at the Circus Maximus, the greatest chariot racing arena in the ancient world. The whole Empire wants to know her true identity, and, as she has vanished with his favourite horse, the Emperor Caligula is intent on wreaking revenge.

Dido and her beloved horse, Porcellus, are in hiding in Utica, Africa, back at her uncle's stables. But Scorpus is in financial trouble, so when big prizes are on offer at a new stadium, will Dido risk everything to return to the tracks?

Horses, history, mystery, thrilling entertainment and sensational storytelling race neck and neck through the second pulse-pounding adventure in Annelise Gray's 9 + series set in Ancient Rome.

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
03 Mar 2022 * 320pp * £7.99 * 9781800240629

'This thrilling debut is the first in a new historical series full of dazzling action, rich detail, fabulous horses and an unforgettable heroine' Fiona Noble, The Bookseller.

'Fantastic new historical novel that I'm reading to my daughter. She's loving it ... We are hoping there's a sequel!' Dan Snow.

'Rich in period detail, with a few real historical characters – its principal invention the idea that a woman might have been a charioteer – this is an involving, well characterised tale that feels original' Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week.

'Circus Maximus swept me away to ancient Rome and I didn't want to come back. What a thrilling historical adventure!' A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets.

'Full of great characters – both horses and humans – and Dido is a terrific heroine ... Annelise Gray has written a story that is both historically convincing and heart-stoppingly exciting. I hope there are more to come'
 Gillian Cross
Circus Maximus: Race to the Death
Annelise Gray
Annelise Gray
Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up riding horses and dreaming of becoming a writer. After gaining a PhD in Classics from Cambridge, she worked as a researcher for authors and TV companies on topics as varied as Helen of Troy, Russian princesses and the history of labradors. She's previously published a history of the women of the Roman Empire and a crime novel set in the Roman Republic. Annelise's debut children's novel, Circus Maximus: Race to the Death, was published by Zephyr in 2021. Annelise lives with her husband in Dorset where she teaches Latin. You can find Annelise on Twitter @AnneliseGray or check out her website
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