Gods Behaving Badly

A Novel
By Marie Phillips (Trade Paperback, 2008)
Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees--a favorite pastime of Apollo's--is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $13.99 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780316067638

    • On Sale Date: 12/09/2008

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees--a favorite pastime of Apollo's--is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

Marie Phillips was born in London in 1976. She studied anthropology at Cambridge University and worked as a researcher at the BBC. More recently she worked as an independent bookseller while writing Gods Behaving Badly.
  • "Deft and droll. . . . The most amusing and instructive collision between gods and mortals since A Midsummer Night's Dream."  (Chicago Tribune).

  • "Delicious fun. . . . By turns poignant and zany, GODS BEHAVING BADLY hums along, ever more over the top and a hoot to boot."  (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "An irreverent charmer." (People).

  • "Phillips reminds us not only of everything we've forgotten about Greek mythology, but also of the pleasures of reading, of how wonderful it is to be caught up in a book that makes you both laugh and think -- and wonder what's going to happen next." (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • "A whimsical debut....Aspiring novelists will burn with envy over the ways Phillips's clever conceit plays out..." (Washington Post).

  • "This is a fish-out-of-water tale in which the fish are Greek gods, the water is Mount Olympus and the opportunities for comic contrast are everywhere." (The New York Times).

  • (Library Journal).

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Product Details

Gods Behaving Badly
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $13.99 US
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316067638
  • On Sale Date: 12/09/2008
Gods Behaving Badly