“Elegantly argued and consistently thought-provoking” David Flusfeder, Daily Telegraph
“With characteristic incisiveness, Armstrong explores the development of myth from prehistory to the present day” Daily Mail
“Canongate launches its series with small beautiful books by three wise women. Karen Armstrong provides a critical rationale for the project” Observer
“With her succinct, thoughtfully elucidate A Short History of Myth, religious historian Karen Armstrong supplies the brilliant anchor for Canongate’s vast new series.” Elle
“Witty, informative and contemplative.” New York Times
What are myths? How have they evolved? And why do we still so desperately need them?
Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and though-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense – and why we dismiss it only at our peril.