Literary retellings of classical mythology

 Read reviewCirce

Circe

Madeline Miller

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey.

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 Read reviewThe Silence of the Girls

The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker

The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War --

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 Read reviewGirl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Ali Smith

In Girl Meets Boy Ali Smith reinterprets the Myth of Iphis, the girl who became a boy, as a brilliant hybrid of satire and romantic comedy. This is a warm, funny, subversive romp through the murky hinterland of...

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Ransom

Ransom

David Malouf

Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking, Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and...

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Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian

Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian

Marguerite Yourcenar, Paul Bailey, Grace Frick

The Emperor Hadrian writes a valedictory letter to Marcus Aurelius, his future successor. The Emperor meditates on his past, describing his accession, military triumphs, love of poetry and music, and the philosophy that informed...

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Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie

A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide - confirming Kamila Shamsie as a master storyteller of our times.

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Everything Under

Everything Under

Daisy Johnson

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018'Daisy Johnson is a new goddamn swaggering monster of fiction' Lauren Groff`Weird and wild and wonderfully unsettling... Dive in for just a moment and you'll emerge gasping and haunted'...

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The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood

Penelope's slyly brilliant side of the story, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid's Tale

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The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics

The Song of Achilles: Bloomsbury Modern Classics

Madeline Miller

A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The Song of Achilles, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list

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House of Names

Colm Toibin

From the bestselling author of Brooklyn and Nora Webster.

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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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Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great

Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great

Mary Renault, Tom Holland

In the first novel of her stunning trilogy, Mary Renault vividly imagines the life of Alexander the Great, the charismatic leader whose drive and ambition created a legend. Published as part of a beautifully designed series to...

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The Bull from the Sea: A Virago Modern Classic

The Bull from the Sea: A Virago Modern Classic

Mary Renault, Bettany Hughes

The sequel to Mary Renault's classic The King Must Die, which continues the story of the mythological hero Theseus after his return from Crete.

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I, Claudius

I, Claudius

Robert Graves, Barry Unsworth

Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties.

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Autobiography of Red: a Novel in Verse

Autobiography of Red: a Novel in Verse

Anne Carson

From an award-winning poet comes a novel in verse that re-imagines an ancient Greek epic as a modern coming-of-age story. A young boy, who is also a winged red monster, reveals his tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at...

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 Read reviewBright Air Black

Bright Air Black

David Vann

A portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology's most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. It brings you aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis - where Medea flees her...

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Weight

Weight

Jeanette Winterson

A strikingly original and profound slice of mythology from the award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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