The Last Song of Penelope - The Songs of Penelope (Hardback)
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The Last Song of Penelope - The Songs of Penelope (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 20/06/2024
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Following the critically acclaimed Ithaca and House of Odysseus comes the final novel in Claire North's Songs of Penelope trilogy - an exquisite, gripping tale that breathes life into ancient myth. This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before.

Many years ago, Odysseus sailed to war and never returned. For twenty years his wife Penelope and the women of Ithaca have guarded the isle against suitors and rival kings. But peace cannot be kept forever, and the balance of power is about to break . . .

A beggar has arrived at the Palace. Salt-crusted and ocean-battered, he is scorned by the suitors - but Penelope recognises in him something terrible: her husband, Odysseus, returned at last. Yet this Odysseus is no hero. By returning to the island in disguise, he is not merely plotting his revenge against the suitors - vengeance that will spark a civil war - but he's testing the loyalty of his queen. Has she been faithful to him all these years? And how much blood is Odysseus willing to shed to be sure?

The song of Penelope is ending, and the song of Odysseus must ring through Ithaca's halls. But first, Penelope must use all her cunning to win a war for the fate of the island and keep her family alive, whatever the cost.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356516110
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 240 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Claire North brings a powerful, fresh and unflinching voice to ancient myth - darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking' - Jennifer Saint, author of SUNDAY TIMES bestseller ARIADNE

Like Penelope at her loom North both weaves and unweaves, teasing out the threads of Homeric myth to recombine them into something unique, wonderful and urgently contemporary - M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

North's talent shines out - SUNDAY TIMES

North goes from strength to strength - GUARDIAN

An original and even dazzling writer - KIRKUS

Claire North brings a powerful, fresh and unflinching voice to ancient myth - darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking - Jennifer Saint, author of SUNDAY TIMES bestseller ARIADNE

Richly poetic . . . This is an impassioned plea for the lost, disenfranchised queens of ancient Greece, a love letter to the silenced women of history - BOOKLIST on ITHACA

Conjures up a world in which women, abandoned by their men, must weave their own destinies - THE TIMES on ITHACA

Everything I've wanted in a retelling: a vibrant cast, full of suspense, told with a phenomenal narrative voice - this is an absolute masterpiece - Sarah Bonner, author of HER PERFECT TWIN on ITHACA

Claire North has set a new standard for Ancient Greek retellings. Absolutely sublime - Hannah Lynn, author of ATHENA'S CHILD on ITHACA

The Last Song Of Penelope: Claire North in conversation with Laura Shepperson

The Last Song Of Penelope: Claire North in conversation with Laura Shepperson

London - Trafalgar Square
Thursday 20th June 19:00

Join us as we welcome Claire North, in conversation with Laura Shepperson, to celebrate the release of the final novel in the Songs of Penelope trilogy - an exquisite, gripping tale that breathes life into ancient myth. This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before.

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An Evening with Claire North and Jennifer Saint

An Evening with Claire North and Jennifer Saint

Birmingham
Wednesday 26th June 18:30

Join us for a fantastic evening with Claire North and Jennifer Saint as they discuss their latest novels ‘The Last Song of Penelope’, the exquisite finale to the ‘Songs of Penelope’ trilogy, and ‘Hera’, the captivating story of Greek mythology’s most famous wife.

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