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The Children of Jocasta

Natalie , Haynes

The Children of Jocasta
The Children of Jocasta

The Children of Jocasta

Natalie , Haynes

Paperback | English
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Description

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 Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of the two women often overlooked; retelling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.



Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented two series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Pan Macmillan
  • Pub date
    Apr 2017
  • Pages
    352
  • Theme
    Traditional stories, myths and fairy tales
  • Dimensions
    233 x 154 x 32 mm
  • Weight
    464 gram
  • EAN
    9781509836161
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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