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ANCIENT TALE IS A MODERN SUCCESS STORY

THIS TALE FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY HAS THE LOT: MURDER, WAR, BETRAYAL AND CHILDREN IN DEADLY PERIL

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HOUSE OF NAMES

Colm Tóibín/Viking

→ Bloodshed and bitter revenge pour from the pages of Colm Tóibín’s brilliant new novel, transporting the reader into the pulsating heart of Greek mythology. You’d struggle to find more dysfunctional family relationships than in the story of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. To appease the gods and achieve fair winds to transport his ships into battle at Troy (around 1250BC), Agamemnon sacrifices his youngest daughter, Iphigenia, on her wedding day. Deceived and furious, Clytemnestra forges alliances from her bed chamber as she awaits her husband’s return. On the day of Agamemnon’s homecoming, she lures him deep into the palace and slits his throat. Meanwhile, their son Orestes — who has been abducted and held captive far away — must establish his own alliances to survive a perilous journey home. Under watchful guard, his sister, Electra, lingers at the palace, communing with the spirit of her father in a house full of whispers. But in this breathtaking tale from one of the world’s greatest living storytellers, no wrong can go unavenged. Beautiful and intense, House of Names is bloody brilliant.

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