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Margaret Atwood - Author

About the Author

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
 

She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin,  won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.
 
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

 

Author photo © George Whiteside

Featured books by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2017

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM MARGARET ATWOOD. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony, wit and astute perception.

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The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience - a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own - they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But slowly, unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

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Stone Mattress Nine Tales

Stone Mattress Nine Tales

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire, and a crime committed long ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatalite.

MaddAddam

MaddAddam

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

Toby, a survivor of the man-made plague that has swept the earth, is telling stories. Stories left over from the old world, and stories that will determine a new one. Listening hard is young Blackbeard, one of the innocent Crakers, the species designed to replace humanity. Their reluctant prophet, Jimmy-the-Snowman, is in a coma, so they've chosen a new hero - Zeb, the street-smart man Toby loves. As clever Pigoons attack their fragile garden and malevolent Painballers scheme, the small band of survivors will need more than stories.

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In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination

In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

IN OTHER WORLDS: SF AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION is Margaret Atwood's account of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as 'science fiction'. This relationship has been lifelong, stretching from her days as a child reader in the 1940s, through her time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she worked on the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together her three Ellman Lectures on 2010 - 'Flying Rabbits', which begins with Atwood's early rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; 'Burning Bushes', which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and 'Dire Cartographies', which investigates Ustopias -Utopia/Dystopia - including her own ventures into those constructions. IN OTHER WORLDS also reprints some of Atwood's key reviews and speculations about the form, or forms - for she also elucidates the differences - as she sees them - between 'science fiction' proper, and 'speculative fiction', not to mention 'sword and sorcery/fantasy' and 'slipstream fiction'.

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Other books by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments

The Testaments

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2019

PREORDER THE SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID'S TALE The third season of the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES is now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. `Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood 'THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR' Guardian

The Testaments

The Testaments

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/09/2019

The wait is over And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her - freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. `Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2019

Provocative, startling, prophetic, and more relevant than ever, The Handmaid's Tale has become a global phenomenon. Now, in this stunning graphic novel edition of Margaret Atwood's modern classic, the terrifying reality of Gilead is brought to vivid life like never before. Everything Handmaids wear is red: the colour of blood, which defines us. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships. She serves in the household of the Commander and his wife, and under the new social order she has only one purpose: once a month, she must lie on her back and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, ecause in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if they are fertile. But Offred remembers the years before Gilead, when she was an independent woman who had a job, a family, and a name of her own. Now, her memories and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. The Handmaid's Tale and its iconic images - the red of the Handmaids, the blue of the Wives, the looming Gileadean Eye - have been adapted into a film, an opera, a ballet, and multi-award-winning TV series. This groundbreaking new graphic novel edition, adapted and featuring arresting artwork by Renee Nault, is destined to become a classic in its own right.

War Bears

War Bears

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2019

The Complete Angel Catbird

The Complete Angel Catbird

Author: Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2018

Bad News

Bad News

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2018

';We don't like bad news, but we need it. We need to know about it in case it's coming our way.' This delicious, contemptuous and poignant micro-story is the first in the acclaimed collection, Moral Disorder, from towering author and #1 New York Times Bestseller, Margaret Atwood. The bad news arrives in the form of a paper, which Tig carries up the stairs to Nell who is wallowing in bed. A year from now, they won't remember the details, but for now, the bad news sits between the aging couple as they prepare their breakfast together and Nell imagines them in Southern France as the barbarians invade Rome on what is beautiful day, safe and quiet, for now, from the bad news coming their way.A Vintage Shorts Selection.An ebook short.

The Handmaid's Tale A BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatisation

The Handmaid's Tale A BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatisation

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/07/2018

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian novel.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Handmaid's Tale written by Margaret Atwood, read by Elisabeth Moss, with Bradley Whitford, Amy Landecker and Ann Dowd. READ BY ELISABETH MOSS, STAR OF THE HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Penelope. Immortalised in legend and myth as the devoted wife of the glorious Odysseus, silently weaving and unpicking and weaving again as she waits for her husband's return. Now Penelope wanders the underworld, spinning a different kind of thread: her own side of the story - a tale of lust, greed and murder. The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.

Freedom Vintage Minis

Freedom Vintage Minis

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Can we ever be wholly free? In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope. Selected from The Handmaid's Tale and Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

El conte de la Serventa

El conte de la Serventa

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2018

L'Offred viu a la Republica de Galaad, un regim totalitari i teocratic basat en el control del cos femeni per part del govern. En un futur no gaire llunya assolat per una natalitat en declivi, les dones fertils com ella nomes tenen una missio a la vida: garantir la descendencia de l'elit dominant. El seu relat descarnat-a estones fred i ironic, d'altres vehement-desvelara les tenebres d'una societat que es preten virtuosa i ens demostrara que ni l'estat mes repressor pot contenir el desig de llibertat. Des de la seva publicacio el 1985, "e;El conte de la Serventa"e; ha esdevingut un veritable classic de la literatura en llengua anglesa, i es que aquesta satira colpidora del fanatisme religios i el totalitarisme interpel*la mes que mai el nostre present i ens fa considerar la fragilitat dels nostres drets i llibertats mes preats. "e;Una distopia que t el mrit innegable d'haver-se avanat, i molt, a fets que avui trobarem tpics si sorgissin de la ploma d'un escriptor amb fantasia"e;. Marina Espasa, Ara"e;Es mereix un lloc d'honor en el redut prestatge reservat per a les obres de la literatura premonitria que han aconseguit formar part del folklore modern. Un lloc proper, i en absolut inferior, al que ocupen "e;Un mn feli"e; i "e;1984"e; Publisher's Weekly

The Secret Loves Of Geeks

The Secret Loves Of Geeks

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2018

Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A stunning new hardback edition of Margaret Atwood's classic work of true crime - 'an explosive mixture of murder, sex and class conflict' (Daily Mail) soon to be a major Netflix series Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the Orange Prize Sixteen years have passed since teenaged Grace was locked up for the cold-blooded murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his lover, Nancy Montgomery. Saved from the gallows where her alleged accomplice was hanged, Grace claims to have no memory of the events which changed her life for ever. Dr Simon Jordan is an expert in the field of amnesia. His objective is to unlock the dormant part of Grace's mind and discover the truth behind one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of all time. Was Grace an unwitting accessory, or a cold-blooded killer?

Aus Neugier und Leidenschaft

Aus Neugier und Leidenschaft

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2017

"e;Immer wenn ich gerade beschlossen habe, weniger zu schreiben und stattdessen etwas fur meine Gesundheit zu tun - vielleicht Eistanz oder so -, ruft mich garantiert irgendein glattzungiger Verleger an und macht mir ein Angebot, das ich unmoglich ablehnen kann. In gewisser Weise ist dieses Buch also schlicht das Ergebnis meiner unterentwickelten Fahigkeit, nein zu sagen."e; Ob Rezensionen zu John Updike und Toni Morrison oder eine Wurdigung Dashiell Hammets; ob ein Afghanistan-Reisebericht, der zur Grundlage fur den Report der Magd wurde, ob leidenschaftliche Schriften zu okologischen Themen, herrlich komische Geschichten uber "e;meine peinlichsten Momente"e; oder Nachrufe auf einige ihrer groen Freunde und Autorenkollegen: Margaret Atwoods Vielfalt, ihr groes Engagement und ihr herrlicher Witz machen dieses durchaus lehrreiche Kompendium zu einem Riesen-Lesevergnugen.

Tipps fur die Wildnis

Tipps fur die Wildnis

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2017

In zehn Geschichten erzahlt Margaret Atwood von Frauen am Wendepunkt ihres Lebens. Auf hochintelligente Weise arbeitet Margaret Atwood dabei mit der Zeit: Dinge, die im unmittelbaren Erleben eindeutig erscheinen, erweisen sich im Ruckblick nach vielen Jahren als schillernd. Und wenn man im Nachhinein auf eine Karriere, auf ein Leben blickt, entfaltet sich erst die Ironie, die in einer Situation liegen kann.