The labyrinth has provided a muse for many writers, whether as a central theme for
their work, or as a occasional by-way or motif for a specific book. Here are a few
that we have on our shelves and have enjoyed:
The Maze Maker Michael Ayrton. Longmans, London, 1967. Ayrton’s classic retelling of
the ‘life’ of Daedalus, builder of the Cretan Labyrinth.
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges. Penguin Books, London & New York, 1970. A classic collection
of labyrinthine tales and essays from the Argentinian master storyteller.
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco. Secker & Warburg, London, 1983. Eco's wonderful medieval
murder mystery, set within the confines of a castle with its mysterious labyrinthine
library. Essential reading for labyrinth enthusiasts and bibliophiles alike.
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break Steven Sherril. Picador, New York, 2002. Imagine
the Minotaur reborn and living in a trailer park, working in a diner in the deep
south of the USA. Original and moving, this novel is a dark reflection of modern
life and relationships.
Larry's Party Carol Shields. 1997, Fourth Estate, London, 1997. Winner of the 1998 Orange
Prize, this is "an ironic odyssey through the life of a modern man," from the perspective
of Larry Weller. A journey that takes him from florist to international maze designer,
via two failed marriages, with reflections on what it means to be a man living at
the end of the 20th century. Apart from being a cracking novel, it uses hedge mazes,
with their "controlled chaos and contrived panic", as a recurrent theme.