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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint.li LLC (24 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989741869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989741866
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cherry Gregory was born and brought up on a dairy farm, in Nantwich, Cheshire. Since leaving university, she has worked in law centres, youth clubs, schools and playgroups. Her hobbies include reading, history, cycling and walking. She now lives on the Shropshire/Welsh Border with her husband, Keith, her grown up daughter Charlotte, and her tabby cat, Thomas. Her first book "The Girl from Ithaca" has reached #2 in both the US and UK Amazon charts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rosalind Minett on 25 Aug. 2013
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Here is an historical tale to captivate and enthral. The girl from Ithaca is Neomene, sister of Odysseus.
She does well to contemplate the eagle circling as she rushed to warn her brother of the Spartan ships approaching. Much drama lies ahead.
She is only fourteen when she is torn from her roots to escort a bride-to-be to Sparta, only to find there is deadly intrigue, caused largely by the actions of beautiful Helen and Paris. Neomene is then caught up in the Trojan War.
It was no easy life for even a high-born woman in those times. Neomene is pro-active, not content with being just an onlooker while the battles rage on. She is never a victim, much as Odysseus' enemies would wish.
The novel gives a very different slant from the conventional re-telling of the myths. Readers will identify with Neomene's adventures to the point where they forget that these were Greek myths and this story is fiction.
There are two parts, the exciting sequel, Walls of Troy, taking us on to the point where, years later, Neomene sees her homeland again. In the meantime, Neomene has experienced trauma and hardships of every kind. They fully test her, but she overcomes immense dangers to win our hearts.
Rosalind Minett
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp on 22 Dec. 2013
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There have been many recyclings of the Greek myths in cinema, in tales-retold books, in operas and plays, and yet the stories remain fascinating and challenging to this day. How many versions of films about the Trojan War have there been? Or at a higher level, how many operas outside of Berlioz' `Les Troyens' have been created on this theme or parts of this myth? Still the story fascinates us. It obviously occupied the fecund mind of British author Cherry Gregory and she has taken the task of recreating the famous names of Greek mythology to a more immediately accessible level in this her first book THE GIRL FROM ITHACA.

Gregory deftly mixes myth with fiction. Her book focuses on the events that lead up to the Trojan War and she makes it fresh by relating the story through the eyes of the younger sister of Odysseus whom she has created to offer a fresh version of the story. Odysseus did indeed have a younger sister: referencing the encyclopedia we find `In Greek mythology, Ctimene was the younger sister of Odysseus, the legendary king of Ithaca. She was the daughter of Laërtes and Anticlea. Ctimene was married off to Eurylochus of Same for a massive bride-price. Her husband accompanied Odysseus on his journey from Troy, but like all Odysseus's men died before reaching home.' Gregory has elected to simply change the name to Neomene and makes her the source of the progress of the events of the book - a decision on the author's part that makes the myth far more immediate and accessible....and adds a feminist's touch!

The incidents leading up to the war (well integrated with Homer's epic poems) are related in Ithaca by Neomene whose older brother Odysseus commits to sail to Troy in alliance with the Greeks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Rodden on 3 Jan. 2014
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Cherry Gregory manages to write a superb and confident reimagining of Homer's epic tale of `The Odyssey.'

As a great admirer of Ancient Greek mythology and culture I found the book to be absolutely captivating and surprisingly fresh given the age of the original tale.

The book focuses on Odysseus' sister, Neomene as she travels to inform her brother of the impending danger of the Spartan ships that have set sail.

The story includes the events that should be familiar to anybody who has heard of these myths before-hand such as the Trojan War and characters such as Helen and Paris which really flesh out and contextualise the piece perfectly.

This book does not require any knowledge of mythology to be enjoyable as Cherry Gregory writes in a style that is instantly gripping and exciting. The story is more focused on the tests that life throws at Neomene and how these experiences alter her throughout than it is on heavy mythology so do not be put off because you might think that the prospect of the content to be daunting.

Couldn't recommend highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AlyseGarner on 23 Nov. 2013
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Based on one of the most well known of the Greek myths, that of the Greek battle with Troy over the beautiful princess Helena, the Girl From Ithaca finds an entirely new direction in which to take such a familiar tale. Creating the world of Neomene, princess of Ithaca and sister of King Odysseus, the book grabbed me straight away.

The author, Cherry Gregory, is one of those authors you rarely find outside the most popular and long standing publication lists; she simultaneously manages to develop her character and story without distracting readers with the minutia of the landscape, history or other context. Her setting requires no preamble; within the first few pages our heroine Neomene runs from the shore of her island home toward her brother's palace, across farmland and over craggy and unstable rocks; yet the entire time our attention is caught up in her actions, her determination, the tension inherent in the message she carries; and yet within moments I had a clear and intimate image of Neomene's surroundings. Any author that is capable of painting such a multi-dimensional picture without the use of clumsy metaphors, poorly constructed descriptions or lazy side bars is immediately worth their salt in my books.

From this excellent opening the story unfolds in a steady but unhurried rate, maintaining the well constructed world whilst continuing to hold the reader's interest. There is a great deal of depth to this book and personally I found it to be a welcome change from much of the typical dirge of modern literature.
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