The Heroines

Laura Shepperson


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Little, Brown Book Group
9 February 2023
ISBN: 9781408725429
352 pages

From the publisher

'A deft and clever retelling full of intrigue, rage and pathos' JENNIFER SAINT, author of Ariadne

'An intelligent, highly crafted and necessary book' CLAIRE NORTH, author of Ithaca

'Urgent and furious' ROSIE ANDREWS, author of The Leviathan

In Athens, crowds flock to witness the most shocking trial of the ancient world. The royal family is mired in scandal. Phaedra, young bride of King Theseus, has accused her stepson, Hippolytus of rape.

He's a prince, a talented horseman, a promising noble with his whole life ahead of him. She's a young and neglected wife, the youngest in a long line of Cretan women with less than savoury reputations.

The men of Athens must determine the truth. Who is guilty, and who is innocent?

But the women know truth is a slippery thing. After all, this is the age of heroes and the age of monsters. There are two sides to every story, and theirs has gone unheard.

Until now.

'Audacious and spirited' SARAH BURTON, author of The Strange Adventures of H

'A timely and labyrinthian retelling of the trial of Phaedra: breaking down the old walls and illuminating the true monsters.' CARI THOMAS author of Threadneedle

'The Heroines subverts the most enduring myth of all. That women are to blame.' JOANNE BURN, author of The Hemlock Cure

'A mesmerizing read' ELIZABETH LEE, author of Cunning Women

'Fiercely compelling' CAROLINE LEA, author of The Glass Woman

'A stunning debut . . . vibrant characters, dark twists, a shimmering brilliant read.' CARLY REAGON, author of The Toll House

'Beautifully told and utterly gripping . . . The Heroines compellingly asks us to consider how our understanding is influenced by who is telling the story, and why.' CAILEAN STEED, author of Home