This is one of a group of bio's (so called),detailing the exploits of figures from Greek mythology. The version of the myths we were taught in school was in most cases not the only one.As the story of Bacchus developed and changed over the centuries it gave birth to many different versions and when the story was written down the author choose the version he favoured. This book outlines the (mythical) life of Bacchus and gives a synopsis of all the versions known to modern scholars. It makes for an interesting read if the Greek Myths are your thing and whilst it is comprehensive in some parts of the myth the author has not mentioned other aspects which would have seemed important. For instance very little mention of the relationship between the mythology of Dionysus who was supposed to be the same god but under a different name.
Most of the stories of these two gods overlap but Dionysus's story is much more dark and violent. One could be forgiven for thinking that we were dealing with two totally different characters.This book fails to address this particular issue which is of some importance to these myths. As the book was probably written for a popular audience this may be unfairly critical. So,a good read if you like the doings of Greek gods and their stories.