Annabel Lyon's novel The Golden Mean won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2009 and it was nominated for just about every other major award that year. The Golden Mean told the story of Aristotle and his student Alexander the Great. In her follow-up novel The Sweet Girl, Annabel Lyon stays in ancient Greece but she turns her attention to the female world and imagines the life of Aristotle's daughter Pythius.
We know that Pythius was named after her mother and that she was about sixteen years old when her father died. However, other than a brief mention of Pythius in Aristotle's will, there is very little known about her life. Annabel Lyon says the 21st-century feminist in her raged against the lack of attention paid to this woman's life at the time, but the fiction writer in her was "rubbing her hands in glee saying 'Great, I have a clean slate.'"
Shelagh's conversation with Annabel Lyon was captivating and absolutely whizzed by. We included as much of it as we could in an episode of The Next Chapter, but we were hungry for more and thought you would be too. We hope you enjoy this extended version of their conversation.