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

    Hephzibah Anderson, Observer
  • Charlotte Higgins captures the raw, magical originality of the Greek myths in this beguiling book, charmingly illustrated by Chris Ofili... She knows her classics - and her myths - inside out.

    Harry Mount, Catholic Herald
  • [A] scholarly, capacious reimagining... Higgins makes you feel for these tormented, accursed mortals afresh.

    Claire Allfree, The Times
  • Exceptionally well researched... The prose is almost neoclassical, in being limpid and allusive, clear and nebulous at one and the same time.

    Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman, Books of the Year
  • A gritty and exhilarating new version of the ancient stories in which the female characters take centre stage.

    Katy Guest, Guardian
  • Higgins invests the tales with surprising new meanings... The command of Higgins herself, as the master weaver of myths, emerges forcefully....Ancient myths here acquire compelling modern form.

    Booklist, Starred Review
  • The feminism is subtle but persistent... This isn't about imposing modern values on ancient texts... her compendium deftly tracks the format of Ovid's Metamorphoses, one tale blurring into the next. But even readers who think they know their classics will discover some surprises.

    Rachel Cunliffe, New Statesman

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