The Children of Jocasta

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Publication date: 04.05.2017
ISBN: 9781509836185
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

In The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes takes a fresh perspective on an ancient story, reimagining in gripping prose how the Oedipus and Antigone stories would look if the oft-overlooked female characters took centre stage. Retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story . . .

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.

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A fresh, accessible take on a great story
Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin
A fresh, accessible take on a great story
Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin
A fresh, accessible take on a great story
Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Ways With Words Festival - Natalie Haynes: A Dysfunctional Family

Ways With Words Festival - Natalie Haynes: A Dysfunctional Family

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Classicist and comedian, Natalie Haynes, reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked. Her latest book retells the myth to re...

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