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Natalie Haynes
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The Children of Jocasta

Natalie Haynes


9781509836161

MANTLE


Fiction & Literature;
Myth & legend told as fiction;
Historical fiction


Paperback

352 pages

$29.99
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When you have grown up as I have, there is no security in not knowing things, in avoiding the ugliest truths because they can't be faced... Because that is what happened the last time, and that is why my siblings and I have grown up in a cursed house, children of cursed parents... 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. In Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked; retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.

By:   Natalie Haynes
Imprint:   MANTLE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Air Iri OME
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   478g
ISBN:   9781509836161
ISBN 10:   1509836160
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2017
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Author Website:   http://www.nataliehaynes.com/

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

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