No Season but the Summer

by Matilda Leyser


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    The hardback of No Season but the Summer is out now, and the paperback is due on 9th May.

    What a wonderful writer. Matilda Leyser’s work is precise, poetic, hard-edged, rhythmical. It seethes with life, and feels both ancient and brand new – David Almond

    This novel did all of the things that I wish mythic reimaginings would do… masterfully constructed, moving, and strange in all the right ways. There are very few writers who have succeeded in bringing an ancient myth into the contemporary world with such profound resonance for the issues which concern us. Matilda Leyser is one of them, and I’m very much looking forward to what she might do next – Sharon Blackie

    What happens when our oldest stories fail us? When all the rules have changed? The classic myth of Persephone – reimagined for a modern-day reader.

    Persephone spends six months under the ground with her husband, king of the dead, and six months on earth with her mother, goddess of the harvest. It has been this way for nine thousand years.

    But when she emerges this spring, something is different. Rains lash the land, crops grow out of season or not at all, there are people trying to build a road through the woods, and her mother does not seem able to stop them. The natural world is changing rapidly and even the gods have lost control.

    While Demeter tries to regain her powers and fend off her daughter’s husband, who wants to drag his queen back underground for good, Persephone finally gets a taste of freedom. But what will this mean for her mother, her husband, and for the new shoots of life inside her?

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