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Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband's return.
Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder.
The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
Our Booksellers Say...
"The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope and the Twelve Maids who faced Odysseus' wrath. Thoroughly thought-provoking and gut-wrenching, Atwood gives voices to a group of long silenced women as we finally hear their version of events with all the bitterness and ire you would expect. The perfect book to read in a day and spend the week thinking about."
Becky C, Bookseller (Broad Street)
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