Greek myths, Athurian legend, graphic novels… goddesses play a pivotal role in them all. Best-selling author and Radio 4 presenter Natalie Haynes chooses five of the best books that feature female deities.
Great Goddesses by Nikita Gill
A delightful book of poems from, to, and about Greek goddesses, from Chaos to the Furies via Artemis, Aphrodite and more. Gill adores Greek myth, and has fun exploring some of its lesser-known stories.
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
One of the earliest poems to survive to us, with one of the best goddesses – Athene – playing a pivotal role in the tortured journey of Odysseus. Wilson’s translation is highly readable, and her introduction is brilliant.
Death is one of the immortals who populate the Sandman universe. She is wise and warm-hearted, and has the perfect goth aesthetic: mop of black hair, black eyeliner, silver ankh necklace. The big sister we all want.
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Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
When Jane Drew returns to Cornwall she finds herself drawn to the power and sorrow of the Greenwitch. This book draws on Arthurian myth, and reminds us that love can be more powerful than the strongest magic.