Updated on August 9, 2018
#TheMyths from Canongate
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that I received a very exciting parcel a couple of weeks ago. It contained Canongate’s #TheMyths series, a collection of six short books examining and retelling some of history’s most popular myths, from some of the world’s most significant writers. These books are being reissued this year in these beautiful new editions:
The lovely people at Canongate were kind enough to send me the whole set in return for a bit of promotion, and I’m perfectly happy to use my little corner of the internet to do that, because these books are absolutely gorgeous. I mean, just look how beautiful the spines are when you pile them up!
Of course, these books are great reads too. As it happens, I’ve read a couple of them before and enjoyed them, and since the set landed on my doormat I’ve also read A Short History of Myth and Weight, and I’m about to start The Penelopiad. I’ll be reviewing those on here over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here’s a list of the full set, with links to the ones I’ve already reviewed:
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood: The tale of Penelope, Odysseus’ wife, and her side of the story of the Odyssey.
- A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong: An examination of our history as myth-making creatures, from the Paleolithic Period to the present day.
- The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman: A reimagining of Jesus’ life if he had been born as twins, one called Jesus and one called Christ.
- Weight by Jeanette Winterson: A reimagining of the story of Atlas, the Titan who holds up the sky.
- Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith: A retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, in which two sisters’ relationship is strained when one of them falls in love with a boy who turns out to be a girl.
- Lion’s Honey by David Grossman: A fresh take on the story of Samson, seen through a modern-day lens.
If you want to get your hands on these editions of #TheMyths, Weight and The Good Man Jesus are already out, and the others will be released from 2nd August. You can find out more information about them – and read extracts – on the Canongate website.