My latest book is The One Who Swam With The Fishes.

"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times

"Themes of fate, morality and power overlay a subtle and essential feminism to make this lyrical book a must-read. If this is Madhavan’s first book in the Girls from the Mahabharata series, there is much to look forward to in the months to come." - Open Magazine

"A gleeful dollop of Blytonian magic ... Reddy Madhavan is also able to tackle some fairly sensitive subjects such as identity, the love of and karmic ties with parents, adoption, the first sexual encounter, loneliness, and my favourite, feminist rage." - Scroll



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5 October 2018

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God(s), I love mythological retellings which is why I got into the myth lit business myself, but REIMAGINING is key, otherwise you're just writing it down the way it is in the epics. I've read the Iliad (and Madeline Miller's Song Of Achilles which is also amazing) but I'm only passingly familiar with the Odyssey. I know the broad strokes, the sirens, the witch, the cyclops, but this book, about the witch about living with your divinity in eternity (if you're a minor god, what else do you do?) it's long and I loved every bit of it. Seen here with the Matisse print Pasiphäe, who happened to be Circe's sister. I want to thrust this book on everyone I know who loves the old stories and the way modern writers make them shine again. #bookstagram #mrmbookclub #nowreading #158in2018

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