An event with

Laura Coffey in conversation with Claire North

Enchanted Islands: A Mediterranean Odyssey Through Love, Grief and Mythology

Thursday 27th June 2024 at 7:00pm

Daunt Books Cheapside

Tickets £6.00


Enchanted Islands is a beautifully written tale that weaves together memoir and mythology and invites us to consider the meaning of “home”.

Seeking solace from the pain of heartbreak and her father’s illness, Laura Coffey embarks on what was meant to be a simple holiday. But her new found fascination with ancient Greek myths transforms her trip into a six-month odyssey, around tiny archipelagos and mystical Mediterranean islands thought to be the setting of Odysseus’s epic journey.

As Laura chases one of the most conflicted, flawed and yet beloved heroes through his fantastical sea-kingdoms, looking for the places where geography and mythology collide, she discovers the wild beauty of the islands, and the redemptive powers of travel and nature, cold-water swimming, long hikes up mountains, and luminous star-lit skies.

But her quest to find happiness, safety and the true meaning of home is over shadowed by the deepening illness of her father. Returning as he’s dying, forced to confront the very things she was running from, Laura reflects on what she has lost, how to live between story and reality, and the way we craft our own mythologies. Slipping between the mythical realm and the real world, she finds enchantment and healing in the magic of both.

Laura Coffey is a travel writer living in London. She studied at Cambridge University, advised three Prime Ministers, and has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, BBC Travel, and Condé Nast Traveller. Enchanted Islands is her first book.

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, who wrote several novels in various genres before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. It was a critically acclaimed success, receiving rave reviews and becoming a word-of-mouth bestseller. She has since published several hugely popular and critically acclaimed novels, won the World Fantasy Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. Her recent works include the Songs of Penelope trilogy, reimagining the story of Penelope, wife of Odysseus. She lives in London.

Event Details

Thursday 27th June 2024 Event starts at 7:00pm

Venue address:

Daunt Books Cheapside
61 Cheapside,
London EC2V 6AX

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