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Arcadian Nights
$29.95
The vibrant retelling of the central Greek myths by acclaimed novelist John Spurling, author of The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

The classical Greek intellectual tradition pervades nearly every aspect of our modern Western civilization. Our logic and science, our philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and art are all indebted to the ancient inhabitants of the small mountainous Mediterranean country. And the powerful myths of the Greeks, refined by Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the great Greek dramatists, still resonate at the core of our culture.

Taking as his starting point many of the famous tourist sites in the Peloponnese, where the stories are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, including tales of the doomed house of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks at Troy, murdered by his wife in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda.

In this vibrant, gripping and often grisly retelling of the Greek myths, stories of murder, power, revenge, love, and traumatic family relationships are made new again for our time with wit and relish by a gifted author. Spurling has added scene, dialogue, and context, while always staying true to the spirit of the original myth.


Praise for Arcadian Nights:

“Rather than creating an immersive historical fiction narrative (as one might expect from an established author in the genre), Spurling instead adopts the habits of the most readable pop history – seamlessly interweaving personal and historical perspectives, discussing the people and events of prior ages as if they all led inexorably to the world of today . . . Arcadian Nights is good fun.” (Historical Novels Review)

“There is a reason John Spurling won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (The Ten Thousand Things), and it will become clear in reading Arcadian Nights in which the Greek myths are dusted off from old college readers like Edith Hamilton’s Mythology and given new life in this fantastic collection...Well-written, Arcadian Nights will be difficult to put down.” (New York Journal of Books)



John Spurling is the author of many novels and plays, including The Ten Thousand Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, also available from Overlook. His plays have been performed on stage, television, and radio, including at the National Theatre. He lives in London and Arcadia, Greece, with his wife, biographer Hilary Spurling. Learn More

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Before Galileo
$28.95
The illuminating history of the science of the Dark Ages. Learn More

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Before Galileo
$16.95
In Before Galileo, physicist and historian John Freely examines the pioneering research of the first European scientists, many of them monks whose influence ranged far beyond the walls of the monasteries where they studied and wrote. Learn More

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The Birds of John Burroughs
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Meditations and essays on birds. Learn More

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The Birds of John Burroughs (Paperback)
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Meditations and essays on birds. Learn More

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A Brief History of the Future:
$29.95
A personal history of the Internet. Learn More

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A Brief History of the Future: (Paperback)
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A personal history of the Internet. Learn More

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Cemetery John
$26.95
Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century." Learn More

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Cemetery John
$16.95
The “deft narrative” (Wall Street Journal) revealing, finally, the groundbreaking true story behind the Lindbergh kidnapping Learn More

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The Collapse of Globalism
$29.95
An incisive and compelling consideration of hte rebirth of nationalism after the demise of globalization, by a renowned economist and philosopher. Learn More

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