Return of Ulysses — Romare Bearden

Return of Ulysses, 1976 by Romare Bearden (1911-1988)

Circe — Elisabeth Frink

Circe 1973-4 by Dame Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993

Circe, 1974 by Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993). From Frink’s The Odyssey series.

Penelope and the Suitors — Neil Packer


From The Odyssey, retold by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer, Candlewick Press, 2012.

The Laestrygonians — Neil Packer

From The Odyssey, retold by Gillian Cross and illustrated by Neil Packer, Candlewick Press, 2012.

Scylla — Ithell Colquhoun


Circe Invidiosa — John William Waterhouse


Study of Helen — Gustave Moreau

The Suitors — Gustave Moreau

Win a Copy of Zachary Mason’s Novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey

The kind folks at Picador are offering you, dear reader, a chance to win one of two copies of Zachary Mason’s The Lost Books of the Odyssey, a dazzling re-imagining of Homer’s epic tale. And you’ll want to read this book, folks. Here’s a snippet from our review–

In his preface to The Lost Books of the Odyssey, author Zachary Mason tells us that before the story we now know as the Odyssey was organized by the poet Homer, the “material was formless, fluid, its elements shuffled into new narratives like cards in a deck.” Mason’s goal in The Lost Books is to echo these older versions of the story of Odysseus, omitting “stock epic formulae in favor of honing a single trope or image down to extreme clarity.” He succeeds admirably — Lost Books is an engaging and perplexing work that challenges our assumptions about one of the most foundational stories of Western literature. Mason’s “novel” (it is not really a novel, of course) strikes a wonderfully resonant and deeply upsetting chord, disrupting our sense of narrative satisfaction, breaking us away from the outcomes we thought we knew.

So, how do you get your grubby little hands on a copy? First, you need to have a U.S. mailing address. Second, you need to email us at, responding to this simple prompt: Who is your favorite character in The Odyssey, and why? Our esteemed judges will choose the winners from the best responses and post them as an announcement next Friday. Good luck!