Mary Renault



Eileen Mary Challans, known by her pen name Mary Renault, was an English writer best known for her historical novels set in ancient Greece. Born in Forest Gate in 1905, she attended St Hugh's College, Oxford, from 1924 until 1928. Wikipedia

Born: September 4, 1905, Forest Gate, London, United Kingdom

Died: December 13, 1983, Cape Town, South Africa

Nominations: Lost Man Booker Prize

Partner: Julie Mullard



Contemporary fiction

  • Purposes of Love (1939) (US title: Promise of Love)
  • Kind Are Her Answers (1940)
  • The Friendly Young Ladies (1944) It was published in the US as The Middle Mist, 1945
  • Return to Night (1947) A French translation was published in Paris in 1948 by A. Michel, under the title "Recours à la nuit".
  • The North Face (1948) (US 1949)
  • The Charioteer (1953) (US 1959) The Charioteer was published in Spanish in 1989 – translated by María José Rodellar – with the title El Auriga, and into Greek in 1990 with the title Hō eniochos.

Historical novels


  • The Lion in the Gateway: The Heroic Battles of the Greeks and Persians at Marathon, Salamis, and Thermopylae (1964) — about the Persian Wars
  • The Nature of Alexander (1975) — a biography of Alexander the Great