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Includes the name: by Claire North

Also includes: Catherine Webb (1), Kate Griffin (2)

Disambiguation Notice:

Claire North is a pseudonym of British writer Catherine Webb (who also writes under the name Kate Griffin).  As there are other authors named "Catherine Webb" and "Kate Griffin", do not combine this page with either of those.


Works by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (2014) 3,104 copies, 174 reviews
A Madness of Angels (2009) 1,175 copies, 43 reviews
Touch (2015) 633 copies, 51 reviews
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (2016) 629 copies, 37 reviews
The Midnight Mayor (2010) 540 copies, 19 reviews
Ithaca (2022) 471 copies, 16 reviews
84K (2018) 442 copies, 17 reviews
The Neon Court (2011) 338 copies, 10 reviews
The End of the Day (2017) 328 copies, 20 reviews
Stray Souls (2012) 322 copies, 21 reviews
The Pursuit of William Abbey (2019) 249 copies, 12 reviews
The Minority Council (2012) 245 copies, 12 reviews
Notes from the Burning Age (2021) 223 copies, 8 reviews
The Gameshouse (2019) 189 copies, 5 reviews
The Glass God (2013) 161 copies, 6 reviews
Waywalkers (2003) 123 copies, 2 reviews
House of Odysseus (2023) 117 copies, 9 reviews
The Serpent (2015) 94 copies, 3 reviews
Mirror Dreams (2002) 78 copies, 2 reviews
Timekeepers (2004) 74 copies, 1 review
The Thief (2015) 56 copies, 2 reviews
The Master (2015) 55 copies, 2 reviews
Mirror Wakes (2003) 53 copies, 2 reviews
Irregularity (2014) — Contributor — 30 copies, 1 review
Sweet Harmony (2020) 29 copies, 3 reviews
UNTITLED CLAIRE NORTH 3 (2024) 10 copies, 1 review
Waywalkers | Timekeepers (2010) 6 copies
Ithaka (2024) 1 copy, 1 review

Associated Works

The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories (2017) — Contributor — 282 copies, 12 reviews
Short Stories (2004) — Contributor — 7 copies
Black Mirror Volume 1: A Literary Season (2018) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic (2013) — Contributor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Webb, Catherine
Other names
Griffin, Kate
North, Claire
Country (for map)
England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Disambiguation notice
Claire North is a pseudonym of British writer Catherine Webb (who also writes under the name Kate Griffin).  As there are other authors named "Catherine Webb" and "Kate Griffin", do not combine this page with either of those.



Twenty years after leaving Ithaca to support the Greeks in the war against Troy, Odysseus has returned. He is disguised as a beggar and has vengeance on his mind as he sees the swarm of suitors surrounding his wife, Penelope. Penelope has changed and become a successful queen in her own right so she has conflicting feelings on seeing her husband returned. However when Odysseus kills the suitors, their families swear revenge and in order to survive Odysseus must rely on his wife and the woman of the island.
This has been a wonderful series and it's sad to know that this is the end! I've loved the modern and feminist-forward approach which blends the myths with an imagined reality. Here the frailty of male ego is exposed against the resourcefulness of Penelope, both Odysseus and especially Telemachus are portrayed as less than heroic.
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pluckedhighbrow | Jun 30, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this. It's a book that aims to fill in the gaps between other narratives. So what did Penelope get up to in the 20 years between Odysseus leaving and returning after the battles at Troy? It's not the first book to take this gap as an invitation to be inventive, but it's certainly a good entry in the field. Told by the goddess Hera, there is a great mixture of feminine understanding, exasperation at males (all of them, present & absent), of taking matters into your own hands and general snark. How did an island over populated with women manage without a generation of men? in this case by the women filling males roles, because who else is there to do them? Yet the women are not all united. As with all human interactions, some people have different motivations and different reasons for their actions. Love, hope, freedom, hate, they all feature in here, driving different people forward. It's good, but the story isn't exactly driven along. It meanders a fair bit. I suspect that is the reason for this being the first of a trilogy. I think it may have been a better book had it been a bit snappier.… (more)
Helenliz | 15 other reviews | Jun 8, 2024 |
Thank you to NetGalley and Redhook for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Pub Date: June 4, 2024

3.25 stars
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the ending to this trilogy as much as the first two books. Everything wrapped up nicely and the book was decent overall but the first two books were narrated by a brutal Hera and hilarious and sassy Aphrodite (respectively) where as this was voiced by no-nonsense Athena. That was probably done on purpose given the content of each book, but I found it didn't hold my attention as well as the first two.… (more)
Fatula | 1 other review | Jun 4, 2024 |



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