Margaret George Returns with The Confessions of Young Nero

After more than a decade, Margaret George is back with The Confessions of Young Nero, another of her well-researched historical-fiction sagas.

We’ve all heard of Nero fiddling while Rome burned, but what’s the story behind the cliché? Margaret George dives deep into the emperor’s rise from lonely child to infamous ruler, and gives him a nuanced humanity lacking in history books. Nero’s insight into the corruption around him, his naive desire to stay out of Rome, his love for the arts, and his eventual turn to dark deeds are revealed in this fascinating portrait.

Filled with twisted family trees, power-hungry characters (including Nero’s mother, Agrippina), and detailed descriptions of everyday Rome, The Confessions of Young Nero comes to life under the skilled narration of Steve West, Susan Denaker, and Katharine McEwan.


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If you just can’t say goodbye to some of the characters in this book, take a look at two of Margaret George’s previous books, about Helen of Troy and Cleopatra, both of whom Nero wonders about as a child.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra

This lush, sweeping saga of the Queen of the Nile begins when she seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar.
Listen to an excerpt THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA


Helen of Troy

An exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, Paris, and of course Helen herself.
Listen to an excerpt HELEN OF TROY