We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Evil Women. Every culture has them. Religions have banned and branded them. Men find them terrifying and fascinating. Women secretly admire them. An eye cast over the impressive if frightening array of characters reveals baby-thief Lamia, a fertile deity from Greek mythology with a serpent’s tail who seduced mortals and bred beautiful monster-children; Morgan le Fay, fairy sister to King Arthur, who according to Celtic legend tried to wrest the throne from him using her black magic powers; Medea who wreaked terrible revenge on Jason when he left her for a younger woman; Lilith, Eve, the Queen of Sheba, Delilah, Jezebel, Kali – all wicked women whose names have been with us for centuries as demons and sirens and troublemakers.

Reviews

Fresh and suggestive ... her subject is a good one
DAILY TELEGRAPH
A highly readable retelling of ancient myths suffused with the modern conundrums of relationships between the sexes
INDEPENDENT
A good way to brush up on one's classical education - and pick up a few tips on how to become a temptress along the way
FRANK
When Jason (of Argonauts fame) leaves Medea for another woman, she is determined to take her revenge so she casts a spell which fries Jason's new wife to a cinder. Then there's Lilith, angry at God for chucking her out of heaven, who challenges his omnip
Here are just a few of the women that make up Sharukh Hussain's new iconography. These women are fearless and intelligent, vengeful and sexy. Most significantly, though, they are flawed. The author draws on legend, religion and myth for the subjects and s