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A dazzling, feminist retelling of the Medusa myth for young readers and adults, from the publishers of Circe and Song of Achilles.


About the book

Most of us have an idea of who Medusa is—we think of her snakes, her death stare, the fact she will turn any man who looks at her to stone. But I wanted to know who she was before … I also wanted the reader to feel like she could laugh, so there are bursts of humour amongst the darkness.’
Jessie Burton, author.

Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love and betrayal…

Filled with glorious full-colour illustrations by award-winning Olivia Lomenech Gill, this astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Holly Black, with echoes of Ariadne and Circe. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation of young adults.

Medusa will publish in November 2021 with an unmissable marketing campaign!

  • Print, radio and podcast interviews and reviews
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Advance praise for Medusa

‘This glorious retelling of Medusa will stay with me for a very long time. The writing is stunning, as one might expect with Jessie Burton, and the story feels searingly, heartbreakingly relevant for the world we live in. It’s a work of art.’
—Louise O’Neill, author of Asking For It and The Surface Breaks

‘Easily my read of the year. Sheer perfection from start to finish.’
Catherine Doyle, author of the Storm Keeper’s trilogy

‘Fierce and tender and full of heart; the reclamation of self that Medusa is owed, the version of the myth that deserves to be told, passed girl to girl, painted across walls and screamed from rooftops.’
Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eaters Daughter and State of Sorrow series



Read an extract from Medusa.

‘If I told you I’d killed a man with a glance, would you wait to hear the rest?’


Author letter

Read a letter from author Jessie Burton

‘I finished my first draft of Medusa the same week that the Weinstein scandal broke open, in 2018. I had once been a girl: I knew what I was writing about before it even hit the papers. Every woman I know has their personal Poseidon...’


About the author

Photo credit: Ben Turner

JESSIE BURTON is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels for adults, The Miniaturist (2014), The Muse (2016) and The Confession (2019). Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and 60,000 in Australia alone. The Miniaturist sold a million copies worldwide in its first year and was adapted for television by the BBC. Jessie Burton’s books are published in 40 languages.



We have 5 advance proofs of Medusa to give away! Email Bloomsbury with the subject line “Medusa proof giveaway’ for your chance to win.




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