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Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track
01 Sep 2022 * PAPERBACK * £7.99 * 9781800240612

The second in the Circus Maximus adventure series. Dido is the only girl ever to have won victory at the Circus Maximus, but it comes at a price. Emperor Caligula is intent on wreaking revenge, and the whole Empire wants to know her true identity.

Fiction / YFC (Children’s Fiction)
Extent: 320 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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Circus Maximus: Race to the Death
Also in Circus Maximus series
Circus Maximus: Rivals on the TrackCircus Maximus, 2by Annelise Gray

Dido is the only girl ever to have raced to victory at the Circus Maximus, Rome's greatest sporting arena. Now she and her beloved horse, Porcellus, are in hiding, and Emperor Caligula has put a price on their heads.

Can she outwit the emperor and his bounty hunters? And will a shocking family secret stop her in her tracks, or spur her on to make a daring return, helped by a one-eyed mare with a heart as brave as her own?

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.

'I loved this adventure – full of brilliant horses, and a determined heroine following her dreams against all the odds. Looking forward to discovering what's in store for them next' Pippa Funnell, MBE, three-time Equestrian Olympic medalist

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 and Rivals on the Track in 2022. Annelise lives with her husband in Dorset where she teaches Latin. annelisegray.co.uk Twitter: @AnneliseGray

A strong companion to Race to the Death. Thrilling, pacy plot, meticulous research, sensational storytelling, memorable characters.

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death is an Amazon No.1 Besteller.

Ancient Rome is on the curriculum. Perfect for horse lovers, history lovers, children, teachers and parents. Classicist author trained under Mary Beard and has appeared on TV and radio.

For 9+ readers.

MARKET: Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries series; Rosemary Sutcliffe's The Eagle of the Ninth; Lauren St John's One Dollar Horse series; Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series; Hannah Gold; Natasha Farrant.


'Rivals on the Track is as heart-poundingly thrilling as the races in its pages. I adored it. Buckle up for the ride of your life' Lauren St John, author of The One Dollar Horse

'A thrilling blend of history, mystery and a story for horse lovers, and it stars a brilliantly bold heroine' The Week Junior

PRAISE FOR CIRCUS MAXIMUS: RACE TO THE DEATH:
'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.
'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 on Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

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