Goddesses and Heroines

Women of myth and legend


This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2024.

ISBN: 9780500660355 Category:

Xanthe Gresham-Knight, Alice Pattullo


Brings together the tales of thirteen inspirational female characters from ancient myths and legends.

Told afresh for a contemporary readership, Goddesses & Heroines brings alive stories from a variety of cultures with palpable energy. We meet the youthful Aphrodite; Hecate, the maths whizz; the heroic Mulan; Oshun, the Nigerian goddess whose foresight sparked a rebellion that freed slaves; and the not-so-fair-y godmother Baba Yaga, whose bone-crunching approach to life will be an inspiration to any power-hungry young thing.

A section on the symbols commonly associated with each goddess provides context for each story and familiarizes readers with the symbols to spot her by. The endmatter includes information on how goddesses and heroines achieved their mythic status, how myths are passed on and evolve, and a map of goddesses from around the globe and how they are inter-connected.

Additional information

Weight 434 g
Dimensions 17.3 x 24 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 12 September 2024
Number of pages 128
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.3 x 24 cm
Weight 434 g


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Xanthe Gresham-Knight is a British performance storyteller. Her clients include the British Museum and the Smithsonian, for whom she creates bespoke performances in response to their collections. She is Lecturer in Drama and Storytelling at the University of East London and the author of two books for children, Thumbelina and Princess and the Pea. Alice Pattullo is an illustrator and printmaker based in East London, with a special interest in folklore. Her work has been exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and her clients include the V&A and the National Trust. She is the illustrator of An Animal ABC, Pride and Prejudice and the Pocket Guide series.