Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented two series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience.
Natalie Haynes takes on Sophocles in her vivid and affecting second novel -- Fiction to look out for in 2017 Observer Glorious, gripping and brutal ... I loved it Victoria Derbyshire New life is breathed into a powerful ancient story through Natalie Haynes's clever and vivid story telling. Martha Kearney Nearly every page of Natalie Haynes's The Children of Jocasta could stand alone as poetry. This is a visceral, engrossing, and meticulously-crafted reimagining of two of the most important stories of all time. A truly remarkable feat Dr Amanda Foreman In this gripping novel, Haynes takes us to the breaking heart of one epically dysfunctional family and makes heroines of those previously doomed to be spectators of their own tragedy Damian Barr, author of Maggie & Me A fresh, accessible take on a great story Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin Haynes is master of her trade, crafting perfect sentences and believable characters who speak and think in delicately nuanced language. [She] succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories to show how remarkably little basic human relationships and emotions have changed Telegraph Haynes's fascination with this long vanished world is evident in every line ... Her Thebes... is vividly captured: a place of hard light and sharp shadows, dust, fountains and dry heat. Guardian Atmospherically evoking a landscape of longed-for lakes and dark mountains, Haynes also subtly explores the space between us and them - between rulers and the people; parents and children; our personas and most secret selves Observer A wonderful and inventive take on an ancient tale -- Antonia Senior The Times