Tag: myths

54. ‘Beyond the Pale’ by Emily Urquhart

Continuing my recent interest in non-fiction, I picked up Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart at my local library, after hearing it talked about a few times on YouTube. This is Urquhart’s account of giving birth to a daughter with …

48. ‘A Natural History of Dragons’ by Marie Brennan

I simply loved this book. It has a badass female lead, a confident writing style, and dragons, for heaven’s sake! Isabella has been fascinated by animals, particularly dragons, since a very early age. She collects tiny sparklings, dissects birds …

41. ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’ by Salman Rushdie

There’s something that happens every time I read a Rushdie book. I spend the first 10-20 pages rolling my eyes at his obvious attempts to sound intelligent, as he throws in numerous references to obscure texts you’ve never …

31. ‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

Girl Meets Boy is Ali Smith’s retelling of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, as part of the Canongate Myth series. I am entirely unfamiliar with Metamorphosis – in fact, I’ve never read any Ovid and have barely read any ancient literature – so I …

49. ‘Shahnameh’ by Ferdowsi

Last year this book was waiting for me under the Christmas tree, and unwrapping it was an absolute treat. It’s huge, weighty, hardback and printed in full colour on every single page. This thing is an absolutely amazing …