Winterson, Jeanette Weight

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In Greek mythology, Atlas, a member of the original race called Titans, is punished for leading a rebellion against the new deities, the Olympians. Atlas, guardian of the Garden of Hesperides and its golden apples of life, is forced to bear the weight of the heavens for eternity. When Heracles is tasked with stealing these apples he seeks out Atlas, offering to shoulder the world temporarily if the Titan will bring him the fruit. Knowing that Heracles is the only person with the strength to take his burden, Atlas agrees and an uneasy partnership is born.

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"A masterpiece" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Playful, expansive and full of heart" (The Times)

"A touching meditation on the difficult journey to self-knowledge, and also extremely funny, communicating verve and wit" (Guardian)

"Profound and provocative" (Daily Mail)

"Alternatively earthy and mythopoetic, funny, meditative and personal . . . Winterson artfully illustrates the interplay of free will and destiny, desire and responsibility" (Independent on Sunday)

"Weight is a masterpiece . . . Rewrites and reconfirms what fiction is, was, and might become" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Transcendent . . . It's not the weight of her intellect that strikes you but its lightness, an unembarrassed vigour that seems to lead it along a tightrope of sanity" (Herald)

"Winterson's precise prose explores issues of loneliness, responsibility and freedom with clarity and vision, offering the gift of seeing things afresh" (The Good Book Guide)

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A strikingly original and profound slice of mythology from the award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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