Myths and legends have endured in various forms since antiquity. These are the stories that have been reworked and retold down the ages, resonating with each new generation. Our library staff have found the best modern retellings of these ancient stories from some of the world's top authors. Find a story you love and then try the original!

Browse the catalogue for 'Myths and Legends', look in the shelves around the 398.2 Dewey number, or ask library staff to show you. 

Myths and legends recommended titles

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Theseus and the Minotaur)
Baba Yaga laid an egg by Dubravka Ugresic (Baba Yaga)
Binu and the great wall by Su Tong (Myth of Meng)
Circe* by Madeline Miller (The Iliad)
Daphne by Will Boast (Daphne and Apollo)
Everything under by Daisy Johnson (Oedipus)
For the most beautiful by Emily Hauser (Trojan War)
Girl meets boy by Ali Smith (Myth of Iphis)
The goddess chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (Izanami and Izanaki)
The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman (Gospels)
Home fire by Kamila Shamsie (Antigone)
House of names by Colm Toibin (The Oresteia)
The just city by Jo Walton (Plato's Republic)
The king must die by Mary Renault (Theseus)
Lux by Elizabeth Cook (King David)
The mere wife by Maria Dhavana Headley (Beowulf)
An orchestra of minorities by Chigozie Obioma (Odyssey)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Penelope and Odysseus)
Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-Yung (Barigongju)
Ragnarok by A. S. Byatt (Norse)
The red tent by Anita Diamant (Biblical)
Silence of the girls by Pat Barker (Achilles)
Sistersong by Lucy Holland (The Twa Sisters)
Spinning silver by Naomi Novik (Rumpelstiltskin)
A thousand ships by Natalie Haynes (Trojan War)
Till we have faces by C. S. Lewis (Cupid and Psyche)
Weight by Jeanette Winterson (Atlas and Heracles)
Where three roads meet by Salley Vickers (Oedipus)

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