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  • Higgins is a wonderful scholar, and a great story teller. I've been loving these retellings, cleverly centered around the theme of myths told in tapestry.

    Madeline Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES and CIRCE
  • [Higgins] leads us through the labyrinth of interconnected stories in a startlingly fresh way. It throws radiant new light on their meanings... This excellent book should delight many generations of story lovers to come.

    Edith Hall, Guardian
  • [An] erudite and exhilarating collection... luminous, astute retellings.

    Hephzibah Anderson, Observer
  • [A] scholarly, capacious reimagining... Higgins makes you feel for these tormented, accursed mortals afresh.

    Claire Allfree, The Times
  • We are in the hands of a fine, fluent storyteller... Higgins, like the bards who first unspooled these tales, creates the illusion of spontaneity and handles suspense brilliantly... Chris Ofili's drawings complement the lyricism of the prose descriptions. Higgins depicts art mediating life - the reason, I think, that we read books... I loved this book.

    Sara Wheeler, Spectator

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