Three wise women offer the first small but perfectly formed books in a new series that gives Greek myths a make-over. Academic credentials and an accessible style mean Armstrong is ideally placed to explain the role of myth. Atwood draws on sources other than Homer for her version of the Odyssey, allowing Penelope (rather than her husband Odysseus) to take centre-stage. Winterson brings Atlas into the space age, exploring loneliness, isolation, responsibility, burden and freedom. These retellings are getting great reviews. First published 2005.