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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Medusa by Jessie Burton, read by Alisha Bailey.

A dazzling, feminist retelling of Greek myth from the internationally best-selling author of The Miniaturist.

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....

This astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for fans of Circe and The Silence of the Girls. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.

©2021 Jessie Burton (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Easily my read of the year. Sheer perfection from start to finish." (Catherine Doyle)

"This book is a beautiful excavation, uncovering the girl beneath the gorgon, the power within the punished. Exquisitely told, Medusa stole my heart from its first fierce lines." (Mary Watson) 

"Fierce and tender and full of heart; the reclamation of self that Medusa is owed, the version of the myth that deserves to be told, passed girl to girl, painted across walls and screamed from rooftops." (Melinda Salisbury)

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I wish I’d read this as a teen!

Great intro to lots of feminist themes and a really interesting retelling of a classic Greek myth. Teenage me would have loved this, as an adult I enjoyed it but would have loved more action- all the narrative is in the past. I felt more could have been done in the present.

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A must for all teenage girls

Wrapped in a mythical story are some amazing messages for young ladies. Would have loved to have read this book in my early teens.

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  • Elida Baehr
  • 20-06-22

A powerful story of self awareness and self love

This story offers medusas side of her story while providing a powerful message of self worth and self love. Everyone has been in her steps… I’m more ways than one. Loved every word!

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  • AmberJane
  • 06-02-22

A deep heartfelt thanks…

For putting Medusa‘s sorry and wisdom into writing or in this case spoken. What a brilliant, lovely, and powerful story for a time like this. A time where many women are healing deep wounds and affecting their way to step into their power. I appreciate so you’re heart touching metaphors and truth piercing sentences.
Medusa has been coming to me and then here I find this book. Thank you, thank you for bringing her to life in such a beautiful way. Helping her tell her story. And helping us see ourselves in it.