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Natalie Haynes brings life to the infamous myth of Medusa with a feminist retelling unlike any other . . .

About the Author

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize; The Children of Jocasta, a feminist retelling of the Oedipus and Antigone stories; and two non-fiction books, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and Pandora's Jar. She has written and presented seven series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience. Her third novel, A Thousand Ships, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2020. Stone Blind is her fourth novel.

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Witty, gripping, ruthless -- Margaret Atwood via Twitter
Beautiful and moving -- Neil Gaiman via Twitter
The rollicking narrative voice that energises Stone Blind . . . is a voice that feels at once bitingly (post)modern and filled with old wisdom . . . The Gorgon's head will take on a new and powerful resonance as a symbol of the way stories can be warped by time. Stone Blind acts as a brilliant and compellingly readable corrective. * The Observer *
Stone Blind is an exceptionally powerful retelling of Medusa's story, an emotional gut punch of a novel. Haynes brilliantly pulls off the feat of seamlessly alternating humour and heartbreak, creating characters that stay with you long after the novel's end. It is a dazzling achievement -- Elodie Harper, author of The Wolf Den trilogy
With this, her third novel based on ancient myth, [Haynes] has found a way of using all her classical erudition and her vivid sense of the ambiguous potency of the ancient stories, while being simultaneously very, very funny * Guardian *
A fierce feminist exploration of female rage, written with wit and empathy. Haynes makes the classics brutally relevant, and we reckon this one is going to be huge * Glamour *
It is no exaggeration to say that Haynes is the modern embodiment of the best of Homer. She is a proper, classic storyteller, whose linguistic skills and wit will have you hanging on every word * Radio Times *
Stone Blind is inventive and playful . . . [and] very funny -- Antonia Senior * The Times *
Haynes' clever, empathetic writing transforms Medusa from Gorgon into a girl, who's a victim of the cruel machinations of the gods and of circumstance -- Sarra Manning * Red Magazine *
There's real tenderness in Haynes's portrait of Medusa, a mortal abomination born into a family of divinities, and the efforts of her immortal Gorgon sisters to protect her from herself -- Daisy Dunn * The Spectator *
Haynes is [a] master of her trade . . . She succeeds in breathing warm life into some of our oldest stories * Telegraph *
Haynes is the nation's great muse -- Adam Rutherford * The Week *
Natalie Haynes is swiftly becoming this generation's Mary Renault * Observer *
With her trademark passion, wit and fierce feminism, Haynes gives much-needed voice to the silenced women of the Trojan War. Her thoughtful portraits will linger with you long after the book is finished -- Madeline Miller on A Thousand Ships
Haynes is a rock-star mythologist -- Washington Post on A Thousand Ships
What makes a monster is the central question in Natalie Haynes' wry, spry feminist take on the Medusa myth . . . an earthy, playful yet rage-filled upending of the Greek hero trope * Mail Online *

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