The Unofficial Odyssey

The Unofficial Odyssey

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We are on the island of Ithaca, near the west coast of Greece, around 1100 BC. All the Greek chieftains, including Odysseus, have sailed off to make war on Troy. To pass the time, Penelope, his wife and a bunch of girlfriends form a story-telling club to amuse themselves with tales of his imaginary adventures.

This witty and delightful novel will also make an ideal gift book for the discerning reader. The tongue-in-cheek re-telling of a famous story has been enhanced by exquisite black and white drawings which echo the whimsical tone of the text.

About the Author:

Jane Fox grew up in England and moved to South Africa when she was a 25-year-old. She is the author of two novels: The Killing Bottle(David Philip 1999) and Flying to Disneyland (Jacana 2005); three biographies: Nkosi’s Story: Nkosi Johnson (Life Story Project 2002), Love and the Apache Syndrome -Lella Cullingworth (Life Story Project 2003), Mind if I sit? – Neville Cohen (QuadPara Acciation of S.A. 2007); she has written and directed six plays: Orpheus & Eurydice (2006), Cain (2007), The Testimony of Judas Iscariot (2008), The Flood (2009), Prince Henry’s Dream – a play for teenagers (2012), The Grand Theatre of the Second Chance (2015 – with Renos Nicos Spanoudes). Her short stories have appeared in The English Academy Review, the Vita Anthology of New SA Fiction, Hippogriff New Writing and Firetalk. She has also published two collections of poetry: The Dancer (Snailpress 1992) and Ghost Writer and Other Poems (Snailpress 2008).

She facilitates a weekly ongoing writers’ workshop for those wishing to hone their skills.. She has worked in the theatre as a stage manager, in various office jobs, and latterly as a bookseller and publisher’s representative. She was married to the late Lionel Abrahams, and lives in Rivonia, near Johannesburg.

About the Illustrator:

Ronel Wheeler

Ronel Wheeler is an artist, art therapist, set builder, land-artist, and gallery and creative curator for numerous exhibitions, creative projects and international art representations.  She constantly endeavouring to create through imagination, the wonder and beauty of art works in all forms that pay homage to the creative muses, inspiring and connecting individuals, groups and communities to their own innate creativity, childlike wonder and beauty -  constantly reminded by the words of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.