In Greek Myths, Charlotte Higgins offers her own captivating exploration and reimagining of the most enduring stories of all time.
These are stories of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods, helpless humans, fantastical creatures, resourceful witches and the origins of birds and animals. This is a world of extremes, and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men.
Unlike in many previous collected myths, in Charlotte’s, retelling female characters take centre stage – Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. Their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling, and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination, lingering on the issues of decolonising Greek myth, eco readings of myth, violence towards women and the essential role played by textiles and weaving.