The Children of Jocasta (Paperback)
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The Children of Jocasta (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 22/03/2018

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In The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes takes a fresh perspective on an ancient story, reimagining in gripping prose how the Oedipus and Antigone stories would look if the oft-overlooked female characters took centre stage.

Retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story . . . 

Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Her life has never been her own, and nor will it be, unless she outlives her strange, absent husband. Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. Since the day of her parents' tragic deaths a decade earlier, she has always longed to feel safe with the family she still has. But with a single act of violence, all that is about to change. With the turn of these two events, a tragedy is set in motion.

But not as you know it.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509836178
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 242 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 22 mm

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“Good read”

Once I got into the book it was a very enjoyable read giving different insights into characters from a well know story.

Hardback edition
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“A gripping novel!”

This is such a refreshing change from the usual books I take on holiday. My brain feels ever so slightly expanded now that I have been able to read a Greek Tragedy without having to struggle through the original Chef... More

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Laura Gillespie

“Jocasta & Esmene”

Haynes takes an ancient tragedy of gods and heroes and makes it very, very human - and stops it from feeling inevitable. No matter how well you know the story, it feels like you might not know it at all. So hope... More

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