The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:5th Apr '18


Available for immediate dispatch.

Penelope's slyly brilliant side of the story, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid's Tale

Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband's return.

Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder.

The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.

As potent as a curse * * Sunday Times * *
Fabulous . . . Determinedly irreverent * * New York Times * *
A witty desecration . . . Atwood plays with vigour and ingenuity * * Observer * *
Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve . . . she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling -- MARY BEARD * * Guardian * *
Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine * * Spectator * *
Half Dorothy Parker, half Desperate Housewives * * Independent * *
Atwood and all authors named above are able to grasp the female experience perfectly in myths dominated by men, creating beautifully rounded and realistic characters from those created as ornaments and prizes by Homer * * The Courier * *
Nothing short of genius * * Week * *

  • Short-listed for Hearst Big Book 2018 (UK)

ISBN: 9781786892485

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 13mm

Weight: 168g

224 pages

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