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The Children of Jocasta by [Natalie Haynes]

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The Children of Jocasta Kindle Edition

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Natalie Haynes takes on Sophocles in her vivid and affecting second novel -- Fiction to look out for in 2017 ― Observer

Glorious, gripping and brutal . . . I loved it -- Victoria Derbyshire

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

Nearly every page of Natalie Haynes's
The Children of Jocasta could stand alone as poetry. This is a visceral, engrossing, and meticulously-crafted reimagining of two of the most important stories of all time. A truly remarkable feat -- Dr Amanda Foreman

In this gripping novel, Haynes takes us to the breaking heart of one epically dysfunctional family and makes heroines of those previously doomed to be spectators of their own tragedy -- Damian Barr, author of
Maggie & Me

Haynes is master of her trade, crafting perfect sentences and believable characters who speak and think in delicately nuanced language. [She] succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories to show how remarkably little basic human relationships and emotions have changed ―
Telegraph

Haynes’s fascination with this long vanished world is evident in every line . . . Her Thebes... is vividly captured: a place of hard light and sharp shadows, dust, fountains and dry heat. ―
Guardian

Atmospherically evoking a landscape of longed-for lakes and dark mountains, Haynes also subtly explores the “space between us and them” – between rulers and the people; parents and children; our personas and most secret selves ―
Observer

A wonderful and inventive take on an ancient tale -- Antonia Senior ―
The Times

Haynes has written her own version of the tragedy, finding new space in the narrative by looking at it through the eyes of two characters neglected by antiquity: Oedipus’s mother/bride Jocasta and their youngest daughter Ismene . . . Some of this novel’s greatest satisfactions come from the way Haynes translates the story out of the mythic and into a naturalistic register of love, loss and ambition . . . The ancient city state comes vividly alive in Haynes’s hands, and canny deviations from the archetypal outline keep the suspense going. In
The Children of Jocasta, Haynes has written a fine new story between the old lines. ― Spectator

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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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‘Visceral, engrossing . . . A truly remarkable feat’ Amanda Foreman
‘Vividly captured . . . Haynes’s fascination with this long vanished world is evident in every line’
Guardian
Jocasta is just fifteen when she is ordered to marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. But it is her duty to produce an heir that will alter the course of her life forever.
Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. Since the day of her parents’ tragic deaths, it was the one place she felt safe. 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 . . .
The Children of Jocasta follows the lives of two forgotten women from the myths of Oedipus and Antigone, casting fresh light on these ancient and engrossing stories.
‘Glorious, gripping and brutal . . . I loved it’ Victoria Derbyshire
‘A wonderful and inventive take on an ancient tale’
The Times

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MPZIDUH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mantle; Main Market edition (4 May 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 986 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • Customer reviews:
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Natalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. She has published three novels, The Amber Fury (The Furies - US) in 2014, The Children of Jocasta (2017) and A Thousand Ships (2019), which was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020. She has also published two non-fiction book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life (2010) and Pandora's Jar (2020). She also has a radio series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, which is available on BBC Sounds and Audible.

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