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Circe - Madeline Miller

Circe - Madeline Miller
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Title: Circe

Author:  Madeline Miller

ISBN:  9781408890080

Weight:  903g

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Circe by Madeline Miller

From the Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles comes the Odyssey inspired story of the mythological witch Circe

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born.  But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin.  Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia.  There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature.  But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers.  The messenger god, Hermes.  The craftsman, Daedalus.  A ship bearing a golden fleece.  And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike.  To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Breathing life into the ancient world, Madeline Miller weaves an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

Chosen as must-read book of 2018 by the Guardian, i, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and Stylist

Peer & Press Reviews

Circe gives us a feminist slant on the Odyssey.  Miller makes these age-old texts thrum with contemporary relevance.  An airy delight, a novel to be gobbled greedily in a single sitting.

Observer

A refreshingly complex and utterly compelling portrait of one of the most intriguing women in western literature.  Miller’s depiction of what it feels like to work magic is extraordinarily vivid and convincing.  What elevates Circe is Miller’s luminous prose, which is both enormously readable and evocative, and the way in which she depicts the gulf between gods and mortals.  Circe can be part of that cycle of cruel and pointless conflict, or she can choose to break it.  In this unforgettable novel, Miller makes us care about that magical, mythical choice.

Irish Times

In a thrilling tour de force of imagination, Miller makes her otherworldly heroine a complex, sympathetic figure for whom we cheer throughout.  Circe is a truly spellbinding novel, the mesmerising shimmer of ancient magic rising from it like a heat haze.

Mail on Sunday

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleCirce
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book numbersChoice of 87 or 236 [of 250, subject to availability]
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781408890080
ISBN 101408890089
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages333
Size (h x w x d)242 x 162 x 33mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographNina Subin
Jacket designDavid Mann
Endpaper illustr.Gregg Kulick
Jacket illustrationsShutterstock

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