Author: Ruth Padel
About the book:
This was my home. This harbour and sea. These golden alleys. But the town I grew up in has disappeared.
Ri is a successful international artist who has worked in London all her life. When her English husband dies she turns to her Greek roots on Crete, island of mass tourism and ancient myth, only to discover they are not what she thought. As Brexit looms in the UK, and Greece grapples with austerity and the refugee crisis, she finds under the surface of her home not only proud memories of resisting foreign occupation but a secret, darker history. As an artist, she has lived by seeing and observing. Now she discovers how much she has not seen, and finds within herself the ghost of someone she never even heard of. Unearthing her parents' stories transforms Ri's relationships to her family and country, her identity and her art.Lyrical, unsettling and evocative, Daughters of the Labyrinth explores the power of buried memory and the grip of the past on the present, and questions how well we can ever know our own family.
About the author:
Ruth is an award-winning British poet, author of twelve acclaimed poetry collections and a wildlife novel set in India. Her non-fiction includes books on ancient Greek religion and poetry, and the influence of Greek myth on rock music. She is Professor of Poetry at King's College London and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and hr poems have appeared in the New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The White Review, Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition. Her lifelong links to Crete began as a student, when she worked on a dig for the British School of Archaeology at Knossos. She has sung in Heraklion City Choir, her first collection Summer Snow was called after a chasm in Cretan mountains and one of her tracks on Desert Island Discs was a Cretan folksong. www.ruthpadel.com