This months Book Club with freelance writer Maxine Dalziel who is also Head of Communities for InYourArea, Southern Hub. Her work has appeared in National Newspapers, Magazine as well as the Brentwood Gazette.
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – CIRCE by MADELINE MILLER
“An epic spanning thousands of years that’s also a keep-you-up-all-night page turner.” – Ann Patchett
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
INTERVIEW SYLVIA KENT
60 SECONDS OF HISTORY by SYLVIA KENT
Sylvia Kent is the writer of 13 books, history being her favourite subject, her current book BRENTWOOD IN 50 BUILDINGS is now in bookshops. She has her hugely successful blog at https://sylviakent.blogspot.com/ She is part of the Billericay readers group, brentwood writers circle and of course The Society of woman writers and journalists. She is a supporter and promoter of many unpublished writers helping them on the path to reach their readership.