‘Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.’ – Madeline Miller
Daughter, lover, sorceress: Circe is the eponymous, unforgettable star of the bestseller that has bewitched a generation. Madeline Miller’s award-winning tale of a defiant woman burning hot and bright through the darkness of a man’s world is a global phenomenon – a mesmerising myth that speaks with eloquence to the age of #MeToo and Game of Thrones.
In this conversation with writer and broadcaster Hannah MacInnes, we’ll explore the fertile realms of Miller’s imagination, and consider why a legend more than two thousand years old resonates in the present day. What does the story of a witch and her lover have to say about empowerment, sexuality and patriarchy in 2019? Why in a rational age do myths and magic continue to enthral us? And how do the classics provide a tool for making sense of the deepest parts of ourselves?
Don’t miss a rare chance to hear from one of literature’s most extraordinary new talents.
Praise for Madeline Miller:
‘Circe is the utterly captivating, exquisitely written, story of an ordinary, and extraordinary, woman’s life’ Eimear McBride
‘Circe is poised to become the literary sensation of the summer, as much for the quality of its writing as its timeliness’ Sunday Times
‘Circe back as superwoman … It’s marvellous to see this Circe emerge through the haze, sympathetic and ringing true to 21st-century motivations…Blisteringly modern’ The Times
‘In a thrilling tour de force of imagination, Miller makes her otherworldly heroine a complex, sympathetic figure for whom we cheer throughout… Truly spellbinding’ Mail on Sunday