The Children of Jocasta

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Mantle

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.

In the media

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 passionate and gripping account of a famously dysfunctional family. Haynes balances a fresh take on the material with a deep love for her sources, wearing her scholarship with grace, and giving new voice to the often-overlooked but fascinating Jocasta and Ismene.
Madeline Miller, Orange Prize winning author of The Song of Achilles

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Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics at the Appledore Book festival

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics at the Appledore Book festival

  • Appledore Book Festival
    Appledore Book Festival
    Appledore Book Festival Churchlands Umberleigh, Devon EX37 9JR UNITED KINGDOM
  • 24 September 2017 19:00
24 September 2017 07:00Z 24 September 2017 07:00Z

Natalie Haynes is most famous for her very popular Radio 4 Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. With this show she will bring to life the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome. Guaranteed to be a...

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Honour Among Thebes - Natalie Stands Up for the Classics at Wigtown Book Festival

Honour Among Thebes - Natalie Stands Up for the Classics at Wigtown Book Festival

  • Wigtown Book Festival
    Wigtown Book Festival
    Wigtown Festival Company Country Buildings Wigtown Dumfries & Galloway, DG8 9JH UNITED KINGDOM
  • 28 September 2017 19:30
28 September 2017 07:30Z 28 September 2017 07:30Z

The comedian and star of the BBC Radio 4 series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics takes us on a tour of the earliest Greek tragedies and comedies. From history’s first performance by Thesp...

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Natalie Haynes talks about her latest novel at the Wigtown Book festival

Natalie Haynes talks about her latest novel at the Wigtown Book festival

  • Wigtown Book Festival
    Wigtown Book Festival
    Wigtown Festival Company Country Buildings Wigtown Dumfries & Galloway, DG8 9JH UNITED KINGDOM
  • 29 September 2017 12:00
29 September 2017 12:00Z 29 September 2017 12:00Z

In The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes takes a fresh look at an ancient story, re-imagining in gripping prose how the Oedipus and Antigone stories would look if the female characters took centr...

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Rewriting The Ancients. Natalie Haynes at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Rewriting The Ancients. Natalie Haynes at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

  • Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
    Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
    Cheltenham Festivals 109-111 Bath Road Cheltenham, GL53 7LS UNITED KINGDOM
  • 10 October 2017 15:45
10 October 2017 03:45Z 10 October 2017 04:45Z

Join Kamila Shamsie (Home Fire) and Natalie Haynes (Children of Jocasta) as they discuss how their works have reimagined Antigone and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Their retellings of these tales are j...

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Natalie Haynes: Stand-Up Classicist at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Natalie Haynes: Stand-Up Classicist at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

  • Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
    Cheltenham Festival of Literature - literature festival
    Cheltenham Festivals 109-111 Bath Road Cheltenham, GL53 7LS UNITED KINGDOM
  • 10 October 2017 18:30
10 October 2017 06:30Z 10 October 2017 07:30Z

Natalie Haynes, the Radio 4 star of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, brings her unique combination of stand-up and ancient history to the Festival. History has never been such fun!

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Natalie Haynes to speak at the Sherborne Literary festival

Natalie Haynes to speak at the Sherborne Literary festival

  • Sherborne Literary Festival
    Sherborne Literary Festival
    Digby Hall Hound Street Sherborne Dorset, DT9 3AD UNITED KINGDOM
  • 14 October 2017 19:00
14 October 2017 07:00Z 14 October 2017 07:00Z

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster, best known for her amazing ability to bring classics alive to a new and younger audience. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for ...

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Heffers' Classics Forum - Natalie Haynes

Heffers' Classics Forum - Natalie Haynes

  • The Cambridge Union Society Library
    The Cambridge Union Society Library
    9a Bridge St Cambridge , CB2 1UB UNITED KINGDOM
  • 28 October 2017 00:00
28 October 2017 12:00Z 28 October 2017 12:00Z

Presenting the 2017 Heffers Classics Forum. " "28th October is a historic date in the modern Greek calendar: 'OXI' (NO!) day, the date when in 1940 dictator Metaxas said NO to the Italian would-be...

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