Book Description

Dion by Sarah Cate Anstey

The Indie Book of the Day for 11th of January, 2014!

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Ariadne has had an eventful life. Brought up on the beautiful island of Crete, along with her three siblings; the acclaimed Andro, the condemned Aster and the conniving Phaedra, Ariadne longs for freedom from their tyrannical father, King Minos. The arrival of Theseus, Prince of Athens, offers her an opportunity to escape which leads her to the love of her life, Dionysus, the misunderstood singer of the alternative band, Libertia. Behind the endless press attention surrounding this beautiful grunge-rock god, who is worshipped by young fans, Ariadne discovers a vulnerable, troubled and talented young musician who craves his estranged family’s acceptance. However, the manipulation and misunderstanding, of others, thwart Dion’s desire to use his god-given gifts to make the world happy. Ariadne is forced to watch as tragedy unfolds.

In this inventive retelling of the myths of Dionysus and Ariadne, which places them in a timeless, modern world, you see both sides of the story, question fact and fiction and ultimately contemplate our continued fascination with the myth of celebrity.

 

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBSJYNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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The day Sarah realised she wanted to be a writer was when her English teacher gave her an A for my short story ‘The Drowning Dog’ – no dogs were actually drowned, it was the name of a pub. Years of angst-ridden teenage poetry followed, but it took various courses (including two diplomas in Creative Writing and Creative Writing for Performance, at Bristol University) and the opportunity to write and direct her own short films to realise her dream to write novels.

Sarah fell in love with folk tales, myths and legends when she was at primary school and went on to study Classical Civilisations with English Literature at Swansea University. This inspired her to write Dion: His Life and Mine as she believes ancient myths still have relevance in today’s seemingly modern culture.

Although based in her beautiful home city of Bristol, Sarah has collected stories (and left some behind) in such varied places as Mexico, Italy, Japan, Canada, Spain, India, Greece, France and Switzerland. Sarah’s working life has been spent promoting literature, language and literacy: as a bookseller in Waterstone’s, as a library assistant and as an EFL, ESOL, English and Film Studies tutor.

In 2012, she completed an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton University. For which she produced a dissertation on the works of Rosemary Sutcliff. In 2014, Sarah wrote a review of The Shield Ring for the NCRCL blog. Not bad for someone who showed no interest in reading until they were seven …

Now that Dion is ‘on tour’, Sarah is preparing her second novel for publication.

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