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This should be the story of Hercules: his twelve labours, his endless adventures…everyone’s favourite hero, right?

Well, it’s not.

This is the story of everyone else:

Alcmene: Herc’s mother (She has knives everywhere)

Hylas: Herc’s first friend (They were more than friends)

Megara: Herc’s wife (She’ll tell you about their marriage)

Eurystheus: Oversaw Herc’s labours (Definitely did not hide in a jar)

His friends, his enemies, his wives, his children, his lovers, his rivals, his gods, his victims.

It’s time to hear their stories.

Told with humour and heart, Herc gives voice to the silenced characters, in this feminist, queer (and sometimes shocking) retelling of classic Hercules myth.

Perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and Joanne M. Harris.

Herc by Phoenicia Rogerson

  • Format: Paperback

    ISBN: 9780008589875

    Imprint: HQ

  • 'A remarkable feat of storytelling… Told through a cast of vibrant characters, Herc is a refreshingly unique and brilliantly funny exploration of Ancient Greece’s legendary "hero".' – Rosie Hewlett, author of Medea


    ‘Alternately hilarious and shocking, this is an astonishingly vivid retelling of the story of Hercules, and these are not the Greek myths I learned in school.’ – Jodi Taylor, author of Just One Damned Thing After Another


    ‘A brilliant debut! Rogerson has produced a fresh and totally original retelling of the Hercules myth. For the first time, long-silent characters from the hero’s story are given a voice. They provide a sparkling new perspective on the club-wielding, all-daring son of Zeus.’ – Alex Rowson, author of The Young Alexander

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