Though not Margaret George’s most recent novel, The Memoirs of Cleopatra may be her most ambitious and certainly one of her easiest to read. In George’s characteristically elegant prose, the enigmatic last queen of Egypt narrates her own life story, from her tumultuous childhood to her famous suicide by asp, as well as all the political betrayals and high-status love affairs (Cleopatra was involved with both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony) in between. You may already know much of Cleopatra’s story, but George offers a worthwhile new perspective to lose yourself in. Don’t be put off by the length; even after 950 pages, you’ll be sorry to leave Cleopatra behind. Be sure to explore her four other fictional biographies, including Helen of Troy and The Autobiography of Henry VII.