A dazzling, feminist retelling of Greek myth from the internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist, stunningly illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill.
Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love and betrayal…
Filled with glorious full-colour illustrations by award-winning Olivia Lomenech Gill, this astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for readers of Circe and The Silence of the Girls. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.
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I am so completely in awe of this book and will spend the next month pining after a physical copy! Jessie Burton has shone a light on Medusa’s story like never before. At last, we hear how cruel the Gods have treated Medusa in her own words. Your heart breaks as Medusa grieves for her younger self and grows as she realises she is more than those who have wronged her. This book is full of memorable quotes and moving paragraphs that I’m buzzing to annotate and feel all over again. It’s a story that resonates with so many. And while it is harrowing, it is also glittered with hope and empowerment. Though I haven’t read any of the author’s previous work, this has surely inspired me to do so! Olivia Lomenech Gill’s paintings brought Medusa to life and complimented the writing wonderfully. It’s only natural to pore over them and their distinctive style. You’ll no doubt find me placing this book in the hands of anyone who will listen. Thank you to both Bloomsbury and NetGalley for one of the most memorable books of the year.
This is such a stunning book in both words and pictures. The writing by Jessie Burton is poetic and the illustrations by Olivia Lomenech Gill both compliment the writing and have a true beauty of their own. The story is well known the world over, but this reimagining of the myth from a feminist perspective gives it new life and makes for a thought provoking read. If that all sounds a bit too much like hard work, just read it to revel in the real beauty of the writing and the illustrations. I’ll be buying a stack of these to give as Christmas gifts this year!
I swear Jessie Burton's writing gets better with every book. Medusa is a reimagining of the famous Greek myth told from Medusa's perspective, giving a voice to the girl behind "the monster". Medusa is one of my favourite Greek myth because it's the "victim blaming" origin story and Jessie Burton doesn't shy away from that subject. Medusa is evocative, heartbreaking and inspiring.