Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, classicist, and comedian.
Haynes read Classics at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and was also a member of Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. Her first novel, The Amber Fury, was published to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as was The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, her previous book. Her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, was published in 2017. Her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships, was published in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 and has been translated into multiple languages. Her most recent non-fiction book, Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myth was published in 2020. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4: reviewing for Front Row and Saturday Review, appearing as a team captain on three seasons of Wordaholics. Six series of her show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Natalie is a guest contributor for The Independent and The Guardian. She was a guest contributor for The Times from 2006-10. She has also written for The Observer, The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Sunday Telegraph and The Big Issue.