‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads For Penelope, Odysseus's wife, running a kingdom while her husband is away fighting in the Trojan War is no simple matter. Already distressed that he had been lured away because of the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must also raise her wayward son, face scandalous rumours, and keep more … Continue reading ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

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‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden … Continue reading ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it's passing Casiopea Tun by. She's too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather's house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own. This dream is impossible, … Continue reading ‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – eARC Book Review

‘House of Names’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

Blurb 'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.' On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads … Continue reading ‘House of Names’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

‘Gingerbread’ by Helen Oyeyemi – Book Review

Blurb The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as … Continue reading ‘Gingerbread’ by Helen Oyeyemi – Book Review

‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker – Book Review

'The Silence of the Girls' is an utterly compelling read. It aims to tell the story of the typically voiceless women during the Trojan War by focusing the story primarily on the perspective of Briseis who was once nobility but during the war became Achilles' slave. And for the most part I believe it fulfils … Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker – Book Review

‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

I AM DEAD. Words can't describe the massive hole I felt in my life after I finished this book. All I could think of was what do I do now???? I just wanted to sit in the corner cradling this book and sobbing to myself all the while shovelling ice cream down my neck. MY … Continue reading ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – Book Review

‘The Odyssey’ by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson – Book Review

In 2017 I read Homer's The Iliad and loved the storyline but I was left with a sense that there was something missing from my reading experience. At times the Iliad bored me with its clunky writing style and, at the time, I concluded that this was down to the translation that read. So in … Continue reading ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson – Book Review

‘A Thousand Ships’by Natalie Haynes – Book Review

"There are so many ways of telling a war: the entire conflict can be encapsulated in just one incident. One man's anger at the behaviour of another, say. A whole war - all 10 years of it - might be distilled into that. But this is the women's war, just as much as it is … Continue reading ‘A Thousand Ships’by Natalie Haynes – Book Review