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Jan 10, 2023 | ISBN 9781639101535

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Praise for Phaedra:
“[A] powerful and compulsively readable tale . . . [For] fans of Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne and Madeline Miller’s Circe.”
Booklist, starred review

“Shepperson shines in her debut . . . This inspired feminist retelling will captivate readers.”
Publishers Weekly

“A breath of fresh air from an ancient tale.”

“Fans of Madeline Miller, Jennifer Saint, and Natalie Haynes will enjoy this sweeping tale.”
Library Journal, audiobook review

“Interesting interpretations of various myths . . . One for fans of Madeline Miller.”
Historical Novel Society

“This historical work of exceptional fiction will have a special appeal to readers with an interest in Greek folklore, legends and myths . . . Entertaining, and thought-provoking.”
Midwest Book Review

Phaedra is a powerful reimagining of Greek tragedy, skillfully interweaving the voices of women to haunting effect, creating echoes that resonate in modern society. A deft and clever retelling full of intrigue, rage and pathos.”
—Jennifer Saint, Sunday Times bestselling author of Ariadne

“A feminist retelling that subverts the most enduring myth of them all—that women are to blame for the violence exacted upon them and are the cause of their own suffering. Laura Shepperson does not flinch in her reimagining of Phaedra’s story. Wholly original, Phaedra eschews romance, and does not seek to mollify the male reader. Instead, the author holds steadfast in her unpicking of the age-old misogynistic narrative that women are weak, conniving and duplicitous. Chapter after chapter she posits: This is how it is, can you deny it? A welcome reimagining that left me all at once satisfied and furious.”
—Joanne Burn, author of The Hemlock Cure

“A timely and labyrinthian retelling of the trial of Phaedra: breaking down the old walls and illuminating the true monsters.” 
—Cari Thomas, Sunday Times bestseller author of Threadneedle
“A compelling and skilfully woven story, Phaedra challenges the silencing of female voices with an urgent and furious reimagining of a number of unlikely Classical tales.”
—Rosie Andrews, Sunday Times author of The Leviathan

“An intelligent, highly crafted and necessary book”
—Claire North, author of Ithaca

“Thrilling, menacing, heartbreaking. An ancient story for modern times. So gripping the pages almost turn themselves”
—Emma Carroll, author of Letters From The Lighthouse
Phaedra is beautifully told, and utterly gripping – a must for any fans of Greek myth retellings. I was immediately enthralled by the variety of voices and viewpoints telling the story, and each character was so well drawn and distinctive. The tension builds to an explosive, heart rending finale, and I couldn’t put the book down. Shepperson draws from the original myths, and compellingly asks us to consider how our understanding is influenced by who is telling the story – and why.”
—Cailean Stead, author of Home
“A stunning debut . . . vibrant characters, dark twists, a shimmering brilliant read.”
—Carly Reagon, author of The Toll House
“Compelling and immersive storytelling. A sparkling debut”
—Julie Owen Moylan, author of That Green Eyed Girl

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