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The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus: Text Myth Series

The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope & Odysseus: Text Myth Series

Margaret Atwood

In The Odyssey, Penelope - daughter of King Icarius of Sparta, and the cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife. Atwood's dazzling retelling of the old myth is as haunting as it is...

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The Red Tent

The Red Tent

Anita Diamant

An international publishing phenomena, this beautiful and thought provoking novel tells the story, lost to history by the chronicles of men, of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter in the Book of Genesis.

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Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain

A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK The author of The Paris Wife takes us to the heart of another true story: set in 1920s colonial Kenya, Circling the Sun is about an unforgettable woman who lives by nobody's rules but her own.

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 Read reviewAnd I Darken

And I Darken

Kiersten White

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan's courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to...

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The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman

One of the most dramatic stories in ancient history told through the eyes of four remarkable women - a tour de force from an extraordinary writer

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The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

Marion Zimmer Bradley

A tragic tale of the rise and fall of Camelot seen through the eyes of Camelot's women: the devout Gwenhwyfar, Arthur's Queen; Vivane, High priestess of Avalon and the Lady of the Lake; above all, Morgaine, possessor of the sight,...

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Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein

Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. When a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a...

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Lavinia

Lavinia

Ursula K. LeGuin

An exceptional combination of history and mythology - 'an intriguing, luxuriously realised novel' FINANCIAL TIMES

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

This title comes with an introduction by Helen Simpson. From familiar fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves - Angela Carter has created an absorbing...

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