The Children of Jocasta

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

Synopsis

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.

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 the media

New life is breathed into a powerful ancient story through Natalie Haynes's clever and vivid story telling.
Martha Kearney
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

Upcoming events

Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics at the Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival

Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics at the Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival

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  • 26 April 2017 20:15
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We welcome a very unique show from the clever writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian who brings a funny and refreshing view of the Classics. Her first novel, The Amber Fury, was published to gre...

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Natalie Haynes, Stand-Up Classicist: Honour Among Thebes at Hexham Book Festival

Natalie Haynes, Stand-Up Classicist: Honour Among Thebes at Hexham Book Festival

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  • 06 May 2017 16:30
06 May 2017 04:30Z 06 May 2017 05:45Z

Comedian and star of the BBC Radio 4 series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. To coincide with her latest novel, The Children of Jocasta, Natalie takes us on a tour through the earliest G...

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An evening with Natalie Haynes at Booka Bookshop

An evening with Natalie Haynes at Booka Bookshop

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  • 10 May 2017 19:00
10 May 2017 07:00Z 10 May 2017 07:00Z

Join us for an evening in the company of author, broadcaster and comedian, Natalie Haynes, as she talks about her new novel, The Children of Jocasta – a stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Anti...

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An evening with Natalie Haynes at Waterstones Liverpool

An evening with Natalie Haynes at Waterstones Liverpool

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  • 11 May 2017 18:30
11 May 2017 06:30Z 11 May 2017 06:30Z

Join us for an evening with writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes in conversation with Simon Savidge. " " " "They'll be discussing Natalie's latest novel, The Children of Jocasta, a reimagining o...

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An evening with Natalie Haynes

An evening with Natalie Haynes

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  • 17 May 2017 19:00
17 May 2017 07:00Z 17 May 2017 07:00Z

The Children of Jacosta, Nathalie Haynes latest novel, is a stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone stories told from the perspectives of the women the myths overlooked; retelling the myth...

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NATHALIE HAYNES TALKS TO DANIEL HAHN

NATHALIE HAYNES TALKS TO DANIEL HAHN

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  • 04 June 2017 14:30
04 June 2017 02:30Z 04 June 2017 02:30Z

The classicist and novelist reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a...

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