These Great Athenians: Retold Passages for Seldom Heard Voices (Hardback)
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These Great Athenians: Retold Passages for Seldom Heard Voices (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 07/10/2021
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This enchanting and evocative verse novel rescues the female characters of The Odyssey from their isolation and silence, furnishing the ancient myths with an unparalleled and unforgettable new chorus of voices.

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2022

Faithful Penelope waits for her husband's return as she weaves a shroud that foretells her doom, Scylla once a beautiful nymph turned monster prowls the seas hungry for flesh, while the witch Circe falls for a man who will leave her.

Weaving together their stories and poetic voices, this subtly moving and playful verse novel questions how do those without a voice find freedom within the world of men?

Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
ISBN: 9781914343001
Number of pages: 228
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'For those of you who love Ancient Greek retellings, this is definitely a book to add to your collection. It also makes a great gift (if you can face giving it away!)' - Lauren Steele, The Indie Insider

'A truly unique mix of verse and storytelling, Valentine explores each woman's tale re-imagining unchallenged and unopposed ideas.' - The Mechanics' Institute Review

'This is a fresh approach to feminist retellings of a myth that is visceral, thought-provoking, and entertaining.' - Emma Butler-Way, @EBWReads on Twitter

'This book did more than impress me, it has now become one of my favourite re-tellings of all time.' - @doriansbooks on Instagram

'Valentine Carter's new book of short stories takes inspiration from the women of The Odyssey, rescuing them from their isolation by imagining a world in which their stories intertwine...' - @unitybookswgtn on Instagram

'A very evocative and enchanting read.' - @Tender_is_the_read on Instagram

'poetry, imagery, beauty, humour, and a sad yet hopeful message, all wrapped up in the weave of myth.' - Em With Pen

'Carter has excelled so, so many other contemporary authors. Their attention to the voices of the women of The Odyssey is possibly unparalleled.This collection of voices really doesn't miss a beat. These women sing from the pages of this book' - @jesikasbookshelf on Instagram

'I highly recommend this to anyone who loves greek mythology and wants to know more about the women who are so often pushed to the side.' - Shelves of Starlight

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“Visceral and entertaining poetry collection”

In a world of prose re-tellings of Greek Mythology, I was really interested to see a poetic take - especially as many of the “original” myths were recorded as poems. Taking The Odyssey as its starting point, this... More

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