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.

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.

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.

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'.

Other books by Margaret Atwood

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: 07/06/2018

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback 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.

Freedom Vintage Minis

Freedom Vintage Minis

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback 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 Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback 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.

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 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.

Der Salzgarten

Der Salzgarten

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

Wie die filigranen Formationen von Salzkristallen in einem chemischen Experiment erscheinen bei Margaret Atwood die irritierenden und verwirrenden Familienverhaltnisse und Konflikte. In dreizehn Geschichten erzahlt sie von skurrilen Charakteren und Konstellationen, die sie mit Witz, Ironie und Originalitat in Szene setzt ... "e;Margaret Atwood ist die stille Mata Hari, die geheimnisvolle, gewaltttige Gestalt, die sich wie eine Brandstifterin gegen die geordnete, zu saubere Welt wirft."e; Michael Ondaatje

Gute Knochen

Gute Knochen

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

Hamlets Mutter, eine reinkarnierte Fledermaus, ein menschenerforschender Falter oder eine mannerbastelnde Heimwerkerin - in den 27 kurzen Texten dieses Bandes beweist Margaret Atwood einmal mehr, dass sie in jede beliebige Erzahlperspektive schlupfen kann. Dabei geht es nicht um verborgene Botschaften, sondern darum, die Dinge und ihre Gesetzmaigkeiten auf den Kopf zu stellen. Denn: Nichts ist so bizarr wie der Mensch selbst!

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2017

A stunning bespoke gift package featuring an iconic design from the prize-winning artist, Noma Bar, eye-catching sprayed edges and ribbon. The perfect present for those who like their beauty with a bit of bite. 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.

Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2017

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale Now a major NETFLIX series Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery. 'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel 'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times 'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday

Hag-Seed

Hag-Seed

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017 Selected as a Book of the Year - Observer, Sunday Times, Times, Guardian, New Statesman, i magazine Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other. It will boost his reputation. It will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. Also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

alias Grace

alias Grace

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

Toronto, 1843: Das junge Dienstmadchen Grace wird mit sechzehn des Doppelmordes an ihren Arbeitgebern schuldig gesprochen. In letzter Sekunde wandelt das Gericht ihr Todesurteil in eine lebenslange Gefangnisstrafe um. Sie verbringt Jahre hinter Gittern, bis man sie schlielich entlasst. Im Haushalt des Anstaltdirektors begegnet sie dem Nervenarzt Simon, der ihrer Geschichte auf den Grund gehen will: Ist Grace eine gemeingefahrliche Verbrecherin oder unschuldig? Margaret Atwood hat einen Roman von hypnotischer Spannung geschrieben, der die Geschichte einer realen Gestalt, einer der beruchtigtsten Frauen Kanadas erzahlt.

Der blinde Morder

Der blinde Morder

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

Kanada, in den 1930er Jahren: Laura, funfzehnjahrige Tochter eines Fabrikanten, verfallt einem Gewerkschaftsagitator. Doch auch fur ihre Schwester Iris verkorpert er das romantische Ideal eines Mannes. Als Laura von seinem Tod erfahrt, begeht sie Selbstmord. Zuruck bleibt ein Manuskript mit dem Titel "e;Der blinde Morder"e;, das Laura postum beruhmt macht. Aber ist sie wirklich die Autorin? Iris versucht Jahre spater, sich ruckblickend Klarheit uber die Geschehnisse zu verschaffen.

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.

Lady Orakel

Lady Orakel

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Als Kind wegen ihres unglaublichen Ubergewichts gehanselt und von der eigenen Mutter abgelehnt, findet Joan Foster in ihrer ebenso dicken wie skurrilen Tante Lou eine Verbundete. Als diese stirbt, hinterlat sie Joan ein Vermogen. Doch der Anspruch auf das Erbe ist an eine Bedingung geknupft: Joan mu 40 Kilo abnehmen, um in den Genuss des Geldes zu kommen. Mit gewohnt spitzer Feder setzt Margaret Atwood in "e;Lady Orakel"e; zu einem Rundumschlag gegen menschliche Schwachen an und entwirft wie nebenbei das Portrat einer ganz und gar ungewohnlichen Frau auf der Suche nach ihrer Identitat.

Der Report der Magd

Der Report der Magd

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Die provozierende Vision eines totalitaren Staats, in dem Frauen keine Rechte haben: Die Dienerin Desfred besitzt etwas, was ihr alle Machthaber, Wachter und Spione nicht nehmen konnen, namlich ihre Hoffnung auf ein Entkommen, auf Liebe, auf Leben ... Margaret Atwoods "e;Report der Magd"e; wurde zum Kultbuch einer ganzen Generation und von Volker Schlondorff unter dem Titel "e;Die Geschichte der Dienerin"e; verfilmt.

Katzenauge

Katzenauge

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

"e;Katzenauge"e;, einer der erfolgreichsten Romane von Margaret Atwood, erzahlt von der schillernden Gefuhlswelt kleiner Madchen. Die erwachsene Elaine erinnert sich an ihre Freundschaft mit Cordelia, die, grausam und schlagfertig, der Qualgeist ihrer jungen Jahre war. Ein groer Roman uber die Kindheit und die von Hassliebe gepragte Beziehung zweier Frauen.

Das Herz kommt zuletzt

Das Herz kommt zuletzt

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2017

Wer wohnt schon gern in seinem Auto? Zumal, wenn marodierende Banden die Stadt beherrschen? Stan und Charmaine, ein nettes, normales Paar, durch die Wirtschaftskrise in Not geraten, werden immer verzweifelter. Eine Anzeige verspricht Rettung: das Positron Project, ein "e;soziales Experiment"e;, verspricht ein Leben in Sicherheit und geregelten Verhaltnissen. Hastig unterschreiben sie, obwohl die Bedingungen eigenwillig sind - alle Bewohner der streng abgeschiedenen Stadt Consilience wechseln im Monatsturnus zwischen dem Status eines Gefangenen und dem eines Freien. Zunachst lauft alles bestens - auch wenn Charmaine und Stan, ohne dass der jeweils andere davon wei, eine sexuelle Obsession fur ihre Hauspartner entwickeln - also jene Leute, die ihr schmuckes Heim bewohnen, wenn sie selbst ihren Gefangnismonat absolvieren. Doch dann finden sich Charmaine und Stan durch einen "e;Buchungsfehler"e; in verschiedenen Zyklen wieder, und bald ist viel mehr gefahrdet als nur ihre Ehe ...

Die steinerne Matratze

Die steinerne Matratze

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2016

"e;Verna hatte anfanglich nicht vorgehabt, jemanden zu toten."e; Mit diesem fulminanten ersten Satz beginnt die titelgebende Erzahlung und sofort befindet man sich im Atwood-Kosmos, sofort wird man hineingezogen in eine Geschichte, die hintergrundig, spannend und unglaublich komisch zugleich ist. Verna begibt sich auf eine Arktisreise, um endlich alles hinter sich zu lassen, um abzuschalten. Doch statt Ruhe, Weite, Eis und Schnee trifft sie unerwartet auf den Mann, der ihr Leben fr immer vernderte, als er sie vor ber fnfzig Jahren zum Schultanz lud, die unscheinbare, fleiige Verna Pritchard an der Seite des begehrten Footballstars. Wie Verna nun spte Rache bt, erzhlt Atwood so lakonisch und souvern, wie es nur die "e;Queen der kanadischen Literatur"e; (Literarische Welt) vermag, erzhlt in einer einzigen Geschichte ein ganzes Leben. All ihre stilistische Virtuositt, die Leichtigkeit, den Witz und die Ironie legt Margaret Atwood in diesen Band, ein Glanzstck ihrer Erzhlkunst.

Hag-Seed

Hag-Seed

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2016

William Shakespeare's The Tempest retold as Hag-SeedFelix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds.Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge.After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, retribution, andsecond chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

Hag-Seed

Hag-Seed

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

'It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.' Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall? Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

Angel Catbird Volume 1

Angel Catbird Volume 1

Author: Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2016

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES 'It isn't running away they're afraid of. We wouldn't get far. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge' Offred is a Handmaid. She has only one function: to breed. If she refuses to play her part she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. She may walk daily to the market and utter demure words to other Handmaid's, but her role is fixed, her freedom a forgotten concept. Offred remembers her old life - love, family, a job, access to the news. It has all been taken away. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire. Includes exclusive content: In The 'Backstory' you can read Margaret Atwood's account of how she came to write this landmark dystopian novel 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace 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.

Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2016

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' SelectionThe author of such towering novels as The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood proves her imaginative prowess dazzles just as vividly in her short fiction. ';Stone Mattress,' from her collection of the same name is witty, grotesque, and utterly hilariousan exemplar of Atwood's tremendous capacity for capturing our darkest impulses on the page.Verna, aging widow, boards a cruise ship bound for the Arctic in search of her next husband. The last four had suffered regrettable tragedies and left Verna wickedly wealthy in their wake. But, instead of finding another wealthy suitor, Verna finds unwitting Bob, the first man to have ever wronged her. Single, reasonably near his grave, ordinary, and attracted to her like all the othersBob is all-too-easy prey for Verna's merciless revenge.An ebook short.

Margaret Atwood 4-Book Bundle

Margaret Atwood 4-Book Bundle

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2016

Four of Margaret Atwood's best novels, in one volume!In The Handmaid's Tale, amulti-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate ';Handmaids' under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred's persistent memories of life in the ';time before' and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force,The Handmaid's Taleis at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.The Blind Assassin:';Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.' These words are spoken by Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. Iris recalls her far from exemplary life, and the events leading up to her sister's death, gradually revealing the carefully guarded Chase family secrets. Among these is ';The Blind Assassin,' a novel that earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, it was a pulp fantasy improvised by two unnamed lovers who meet secretly in rented rooms and seedy cafes. As this novel-within-a-novel twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real narrative, as both move closer to war and catastrophe. Margaret Atwood's Booker Prize-winning sensation combines elements of gothic drama, romantic suspense, and science fiction fantasy in a spellbinding tale.InAlias Grace, Atwood takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?And finally, The Robber Bride,inspired by "e;The Robber Bridegroom,"e; a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends, Tony, Charis, and Roz. All three "e;have lost men, spirit, money, and time to their old college acquaintance, Zenia. At various times, and in various emotional disguises, Zenia has insinuated her way into their lives and practically demolished them. To Tony, who almost lost her husband and jeopardized her academic career, Zenia is 'a lurking enemycommando.' To Roz, who did lose her husband and almost her magazine, Zenia is 'a cold and treacherous bitch.' To Charis, who lost a boyfriend, quarts of vegetable juice and some pet chickens, Zenia is a kind of zombie, maybe 'soulless'"e; (Lorrie Moore,New York Times BookReview). In love and war, illusion and deceit, Zenia's subterranean malevolence takes us deep into her enemies' pasts.

Heart Goes Last

Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary asThe Handmaid's Taleand as richly imagined asThe Blind Assassin.Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation aroundand fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "e;civilian"e; homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.From the Hardcover edition.

Stone Mattress Nine Wicked Tales

Stone Mattress Nine Wicked Tales

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

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 stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood ventures into the shadowland earlier explored by fabulists and concoctors of dark yarns such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Daphne du Maurier and Arthur Conan Doyle - and also by herself, in her award-winning novel Alias Grace. In Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

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.

Ein Haus mit vielen Zimmern

Ein Haus mit vielen Zimmern

Ich schreibe, also bin ich Schriftstellerin: Wenn es so einfach ware, gabe es die Geschichten in dieser Sammlung nicht. Ist Dichten das groe Gluck, ein groer Kraftakt - oder beides? Wie entstehen Ideen, aus welchen Situationen und Begegnungen schopfen Autorinnen ihre Inspiration? Wie finden sie ihre Form? Und wie ergeht es Schriftstellerinnen im Literaturbetrieb?In den Erzhlungen, Essays und Gedichten dieses Bandes lassen sich die Autorinnen beim Schreiben ber die Schulter gucken. Sie entwerfen Geschichten zu dem Thema, beschreiben die Beziehung zu ihren Figuren, besingen ihre Arbeit mit der Sprache, denken ber die Wirkung von Worten und Geschichten nach und plaudern aus der Werkstatt der Bchermacherin. Sie uern sich ber den Beruf, mit dem sie sich ihren Lebensunterhalt und bisweilen auch Ruhm verdienen, und ber die Hrden, die zu berwinden sind, wenn sie sich als Frauen, die schreiben, treu bleiben wollen. Humorvoll, selbstkritisch und geistreich und immer unterhaltsam gewhren sie Einblicke in die Arbeit von Autorinnen und das Verhltnis von Schreiben und Leben.

Dire Cartographies

Dire Cartographies

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

In honor of the thirtieth anniversary of The Handmaid's Tale: Margaret Atwood describes how she came to write her utopian, dystopian works. The word ';utopia' comes from Thomas More's book of the same namemeaning ';no place' or ';good place,' or both. In ';Dire Cartographies,' from the essay collection In Other Worlds, Atwood coins the term ';ustopia,' which combines utopia and dystopia, the imagined perfect society and its opposite. Each contains latent versions of the other. Following her intellectual journey and growing familiarity with ustopias fictional and real, from Atlantis to Avatar and Beowulf to Berlin in 1984 (and 1984), Atwood explains how years after abandoning a PhD thesis with chapters on good and bad societies, she produced novel-length dystopias and ustopias of her own. ';My rules for The Handmaid's Tale were simple,' Atwood writes. ';I would not put into this book anything that humankind had not already done, somewhere, sometime, or for which it did not already have the tools.' With great wit and erudition, Atwood reveals the history behind her beloved creations.

On Writers and Writing

On Writers and Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

Moralische Unordnung

Moralische Unordnung

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

In ihrem Roman Moralische Unordnung fuhrt uns Margaret Atwood mitten hinein in ihr eigenes Leben: Sie erzahlt die Geschichte von Nell, schildert deren kluge, lebenstuchtige, aber kuhle Mutter, den Vater, einen Insektenforscher, und die viel jungere, kapriziose und psychisch labile Schwester. Als Nell das Elternhaus verlasst, verdient sie ihr erstes Geld als freie Lektorin. Sie lernt den Mann ihres Lebens, Tig, kennen, der aber noch mit Oona verheiratet ist und zwei Sohne hat.Vor dieser Ehe lauft Tig nur sehr langsam davon, bis Oona Tig und Nell zusammenbringt, aber nicht aushalten kann, was sie angerichtet hat. Ein groartiges Buch, in dem die stilistische Virtuositat, die Leichtigkeit, der Witz und die Ironie Atwoods wie Scheinwerfer auf ihre eigene Geschichte gerichtet sind.

Payback

Payback

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Margaret Atwood erklart uns mit faszinierender Klarheit, wie mageblich das Konzept der Schuld - im okonomischen und im moralischen Sinn - unser Denken und Verhalten seit Anbeginn der menschlichen Kultur pragt und bestimmt. Mit Witz und Sachkenntnis verfolgt sie ihr Thema quer durch Zeiten und Disziplinen. Am Ende entlasst sie uns mit einer zentralen Frage: Was sind wir Menschen einander, was sind wir unserem Planeten schuldig?

Das Zelt

Das Zelt

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2014

Eine Katze kommt in den Himmel, wenn auch ganzlich gegen ihren Willen, denn sie hat Hohenangst. Gott sitzt dort mit pelzigen Klauen in einem Baum und spricht freundlich mit ihr - allerdings etwas trage und mit vollem Mund, und dazu ist der Boden unter dem Baum ubersaht mit abgebissenen Engelsflugeln ... Gewohnt geistreich und weitblickend, amsant und scharfzngig reflektiert Margaret Atwood die Welt und unsere Zeit. Auf hchst prgnante, fantasievolle Weise widmet sie sich in diesem Buch den Themen Liebe und Beziehung, Geschichte, Literatur und Kunst.

Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2014

A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: thinkAlias Grace.Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection,Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel,Alias Grace. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in "e;Alphinland,"e; the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In "e;The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,"e; a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In "e;Lusus Naturae,"e; a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "e;Torching the Dusties,"e; 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. And in "e;Stone Mattress,"e; a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.List of Stories and Narrators: ';Alphinland' and ';Torching the Dusties' read by Lorna Raver ';Revenant' read by Mark Bramhall "e;Dark Lady' and ';The Dead Hand Loves You' read by Arthur Morey ';Lusus Naturae' read by Emily Rankin ';The Freeze-Dried Groom' read by Rob Delaney ';I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth' read by Bernadette Dunne ';Stone Mattress' read by Margaret Atwood

Moral Disorder: A Story

Moral Disorder: A Story

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

In the title story from her acclaimed collection Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood takes us to the farm.At first, for Nell and Tig, livestock would mean deadstock. Newly-arrived city slickers shouldn't have animals, they think, corroborated by the real farmers down the road. But Tig's kids from his first marriage are at the farm on weekends, and it's not a bad education for children to learn where their food comes from. First come the chickens, then the ducks, and before Nell knows it the cows have arrived too. Soon Nell finds herself becoming a different type of woman than she ever thought she might be.The author of such towering novels as The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood creates worlds just as vividly in her short fiction. The New York Times Book Review notes that "e;the tremendous imaginative power of [Atwood's] fiction allows us to believe that anything is possible"e;this applies as much to the world of the Crakers as it does to the strange life of a family in the countryside. By turns funny, moving, incisive, earthy, shocking, "e;Moral Disorder"e; displays Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage.

We Wasn't Pals Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War

We Wasn't Pals Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2014

Ignored by critics and readers of the time, these poems were written by Canadians who witnessed the horror of World War I first-hand, forming an anthology in which the forgotten experiences of a decade are finally remembered.

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 Trilogy Bundle

MaddAddam Trilogy Bundle

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 12/08/2014

A trilogy bundle (three ebooks in one)of the internationally celebrated speculative fiction trilogy from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale.Across three stunning novelsOryx and Crake,The Year of the Flood, andMaddaddamthe best-selling, Booker Prize-winning novelist projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.InOryx and Crake, a man struggles to survive in a world where he may be the last human. In search of answers, he embarks on a journey through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. InThe Year of the Floodthe long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know it and obliterating most human life. And inMaddaddama small group of survivors band together with the Children of Crake: the gentle, bioengineered quasi-human species who will inherit this new earth.Set in a darkly plausible future shaped by plagues, floods, and genetic engineering, these three novels take us from the end of the world to a brave new beginning. Thrilling, moving, and a triumph of imagination, the Maddaddam Trilogy confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love.

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.

Moral Disorder: A Story

Moral Disorder: A Story

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

The author of such towering novels as The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood creates worlds just as vividly in her short fiction. In the title story from her acclaimed collection of linked stories Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood takes us to the farm.Newly arrived city slickers, like Nell and Tig, shouldn't have animals; a notion corroborated by the true farmers down the road: for them, livestock would mean dead stock. But Tig's two boys will be at the farm on weekends, and it would be good for them to know where their food comes from. First come the chickens, then the ducks; before Nell knows it the cows have arrived, too. And soon Nell finds herself becoming a different woman than she ever thought she might be.The New York Times notes that ';The tremendous imaginative power of [Atwood's] fiction allows us to believe that anything is possible'this applies as much to her fantastically imagined worlds as it does to the life of a family in the countryside.An eBook short.

Die Geschichte von Zeb

Die Geschichte von Zeb

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2014

Die wasserlose Flut, eine Pandemie ungeheuren Ausmaes, ist uber die Erde hinweggegangen und hat die Menschheit ausgeloscht. Bis auf einige wenige Uberlebende, die im Lehmhaus eines verwahrlosten Parks zusammenfinden und den Gefahren einer entvolkerten, anarchischen Welt trotzen. Unter ihnen Toby, die ehemalige Gottesgartnerin, und Zeb, ein groherziger Draufganger, der zum Anfuhrer der kleinen Truppe wird. Wahrend der Flut hat Toby, in einem Spa verschanzt, auf ihn gewartet; beharrlich an seine Ruckkehr geglaubt, nun treffen sie, am Ende der Welt, wieder zusammen. Ein Endzeitszenario, so gewaltig und bedingungslos, wie es nur Margaret Atwood entwerfen kann. Eine Welt, die auer Kontrolle geraten ist, die sich selbst bezwungen und auf null zurckgesetzt hat. Wie in "e;Das Jahr der Flut"e; stellt Atwood einmal mehr ihr waches politisches Gespr unter Beweis, ihre Hellhrigkeit fr gefhrliche Entwicklungen und Strmungen. Mge die Welt auch zugrunde gehen, von Margaret Atwood lassen wir uns bereitwillig an den Abgrund fhren. Kein Untergang, dem diese Autorin nicht mit Humor und erzhlerischer Verve beikommen wrde.

Oryx und Crake

Oryx und Crake

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2014

Crake und Jimmy sind Freunde, und sie lieben dieselbe Frau: die ratselhafte Oryx. Sie leben in einer von Klimakatastrophen bedrohten Welt in einer gar nicht so fernen Zukunft. Crake, ein Genie genetischer Manipulation, ist Wissenschaftler und arbeitet an der Entwicklung neuer Medikamente, die die Menschen gegen Epidemien immunisieren sollen, aber er verfolgt daruber hinaus seine ganz eigenen Plane ...

MaddAddam

MaddAddam

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2013

A New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable BookABest Book of the Year: The Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe and MailA GoodReads Reader's ChoiceBringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recoveringfrom a debilitating fever, soit's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb. Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb's dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge. Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwooda moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.From the Hardcover edition.

MaddAddam

MaddAddam

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2013

A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, onetime member of the God's Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers' reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer assault; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb. Meanwhile, giant Pigoons and malevolent Painballers threaten to attack. Told with wit, dizzying imagination, and dark humour, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world - a moving and dramatic conclusion to the internationally celebrated trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.

MaddAddam Trilogy

MaddAddam Trilogy

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2013

From Booker Prizewinner and #1 national bestseller Margaret Atwood, The MaddAddam Trilogy is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it.This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. With breathtaking command of her brilliantly conceived material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, she projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter. In the tradition of The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood envision a near future that is both beyond our imagining and all too familiar: a world devastated by uncontrolled genetic engineering and a widespread plague, with only a few remaining humans fighting for survival.Combining adventure, humour, romance and superb storytelling that is at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is a moving and dramatic conclusion to this internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

Oryx And Crake

Oryx And Crake

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2013

By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACE * Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. * Praise for Oryx and Crake: 'In Jimmy, Atwood has created a great character: a tragic-comic artist of the future, part buffoon, part Orpheus. An adman who's a sad man; a jealous lover who's in perpetual mourning; a fantasist who can only remember the past' -INDEPENDENT 'Gripping and remarkably imagined' -LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2013

For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan war was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours and keep over a hundred lustful, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay...And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to? Critically acclaimed when it was first published as part of Canongate's Myth series, and following a very successful adaptation by the RSC, this new edition of The Penelopiad sees Margaret Atwood give Penelope a modern and witty voice to tell her side of the story, and set the record straight for good.

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'.

I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth

I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2012

Long ago, when they were all a lot younger, Zenia stole a man from each of them. Then she died. Now shes come back. Or has she? Theres a lot more than one kind of ghost. Margaret Atwood revisits her classic characters from The Robber Bride. This story first appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of The Walrus magazine.

Bodily Harm

Bodily Harm

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

From the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Handmaid's Talenow an Emmy Award-winning Hulu original seriesand Alias Grace, now a Netflix original series.A powerfully and brilliantly crafted novel, Bodily Harm is the story of Rennie Wilford, a young journalist whose life has begun to shatter around the edges. Rennie flies to the Caribbean to recuperate, and on the tiny island of St. Antoine she is confronted by a world where her rules for survival no longer apply. By turns comic, satiric, relentless, and terrifying, Margaret Atwood's Bodily Harm is ultimately an exploration of the lust for power, both sexual and political, and the need for compassion that goes beyond what we ordinarily mean by love.

In Other Worlds

In Other Worlds

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2011

At a time when speculative fiction seems less and less far-fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her distinctive voice and singular point of view to the genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminates the essential truths about the modern world. This is an exploration of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as "e;science fiction,'a relationshipthat 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 ancestor of the form, and continuing as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures from 2010: "e;Flying Rabbits,"e; which begins with Atwood's early rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; "e;Burning Bushes,"e; which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and "e;Dire Cartographies,"e; which investigates Utopias and Dystopias. In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood's key reviews and thoughts about the form. Among those writers discussed are Marge Piercy, Rider Haggard, Ursula Le Guin, Ishiguro, Bryher, Huxley, and Jonathan Swift. She elucidates the differences (as she sees them) between "e;science fiction"e; proper, and "e;speculative fiction,"e; as well as between"e;sword and sorcery/fantasy"e; and "e;slipstream fiction."e; For all readers who have loved The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood, In Other Worlds is a must.From the Hardcover edition.

Robber Bride

Robber Bride

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 02/08/2011

From the extraordinary imagination of the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale , comes one of her most intricate and subversive novels. Set in contemporary Toronto, The Robber Bride revolves around the lives of three fascinating women. Classmates from university, Roz, Charis, and Tony all shared the seductive and destructive experience of a past friendship with the flashy, sensuous, smart, irresistible Zenia. As the novel opens, they are twenty years past their college days and have met at Zania's funeral, but at lunch, after the funeral, they spot Zenianot dead at all and up to no good.

Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 19/07/2011

From the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Handmaid's TaleFrom the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a breathtaking novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eyeis the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a womanbut above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2010

NOW A SMASH-HIT CHANNEL 4 TV SERIES Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has 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 explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified. 'Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

Up in the Tree

Up in the Tree

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/05/2010

Playful, whimsical and wry, this is a beautiful picture book with a simple message at its heart. It is also classic Margaret Atwood and a wonderful gift for any lover of her words. Written, illustrated and hand-lettered by M.A., Up In the Tree was first published in 1978, and is the story of two children who make their home up in the branches of a tree, where they are free to do whatever they choose. But when the ladder they rely on to get back down again is destroyed, some of their freedom disappears, too, and the children begin to wonder what they might be missing, down amongst the ground dwellers - until they have an ingenious idea, which helps them to decide what they really prefer once and for all!

Murder In The Dark

Murder In The Dark

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2010

By the author of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and ALIAS GRACE A beautifully bizarre assortment of short stories and prose poems. Writing on an eclectic range of subjects from 'Bread' and 'Strawberries', to 'Fainting' and 'Women's Novels', Margaret Atwood brings her astonishing world view to the comings and goings of ordinary life. The pretentious male chef is taken down a peg, a gang of cynical five year olds concoct a poisonous brew; and knowing when to stop is of deadly importance in a game of Murder in the Dark. * Praise for Murder in the Dark: These vignettes glow with the usual Atwood magic of intelligence ... an exhilarating performance, full of sharp pleasures for the mind -BRITISH BOOK NEWS 'A brilliant and witty writer' -COSMOPOLITAN 'Direct, unpretentious, humorous' -SUNDAY TIMES

Good Bones

Good Bones

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2010

A treasure trove of collected works from the legendary author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Queen Gertrude gives Hamlet a piece of her mind. An ugly sister and a wicked stepmother put in a good word for themselves. A reincarnated bat explains how Bram Stoker got Dracula hopelessly wrong. Bones and Murder is a bewitching cocktail of prose and poetry, fiction and fairytales, as well as some of Atwood's own illustrations. It's pure distilled Atwood: deliciously strong and bittersweet. 'A marvellous miniature sample case of Atwood's sensuous and sardonic talents' Times Literary Supplement

Eating Fire Selected Poetry 1965-1995

Eating Fire Selected Poetry 1965-1995

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2010

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary. From the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Eating Fire brings together three of Margaret's Atwood's key poetry collections: Poems 1965-1975, Poems 1976-1986 and Morning in the Burned House. The landscape of Atwood's poetry is one of bus trips and postcards, wilderness, glass, and fires both savage and tender. Atwood's signature themes resound throughout all of them: the politics of sex, the darkness at the heart of every fairytale, and the pain - and triumph - of existing as a woman. * * * 'Atwood is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent figure . . . who pits herself against the ordered too-clean world like an arsonist' - Michael Ondaatje 'Detached, ironic, loving by turns . . . poems that sing off the page and sting' - Michele Roberts

Wilderness Tips

Wilderness Tips

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2010

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace A leathery bog-man transforms an old love affair; a sweet, gruesome gift is sent by the wife of an ex-lover; landscape paintings are haunted by the ghost of a young girl. This dazzling collection of ten short stories takes us into familiar Atwood territory to reveal the logic of irrational behaviour and the many textures lying beneath ordinary life.

The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2009

The story of Zenia ought to begin when Zenia began. It must have been someplace long ago and distance in space, thinks Tony; someplace bruised, and very tangled. A European print, hand-tinted, ochre-coloured, with dusty sunlight and a lot of bushes in it - bushes with thick leaves and ancient twisted roots, behind which, out of sight in the undergrowth and hinted at only by a boot protruding, or a slack hand, something ordinary but horrifying is taking place. Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless. She is also dead. Just to make absolutely sure Tony, Roz and Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share a decorous lunch, the unthinkable happens: 'with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation', Zenia is back

Surfacing

Surfacing

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2009

A young woman returns to northern Quebec to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realise that going home means entering not only another place but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she sees that what she is really looking for is her own past.

Das Jahr der Flut

Das Jahr der Flut

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2009

Es ist das Jahr der "e;wasserlosen"e; Flut: Eine todliche Pandemie ist uber die Menschheit hereingebrochen. Hoch uber den Dachern der Stadt leben die wenigen Uberlebenden, die Gottesgartner, bei denen die robuste Toby und die zarte Prostituierte Ren Zuflucht gefunden haben. In ihrem biologisch bepflanzten Garten Eden kampfen sie ums Uberleben in einer Welt, die unter der Herrschaft verantwortungsloser Grokonzerne zugrunde gegangen ist. Eine Zukunftsvision, die vielleicht weniger fern liegt, als wir gerne glauben mochten.

Year of the Flood

Year of the Flood

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2009

The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power. The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardenersa religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal lifehas long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.Have others survived? Ren's bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo'hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can't stay locked away . . .By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.From the Hardcover edition.

Hymns of the God's Gardeners Lyrics from the Year of the Flood

Hymns of the God's Gardeners Lyrics from the Year of the Flood

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/09/2009

From the Sunday Times bestselling novel, The Year of the Flood, composer Orville Stoeber has set fourteen hymns to music. Orville Stoeber on how the music came to be: 'Margaret Atwood's inspired reading of the perilous times we live in, and of the fragile nature of our earth, have directed me. I have used as my signposts the various styles of deity-based songs that I have come in contact with through my cultural inheritance, my musical education and my love of spiritually motivated art.I wrote these songs for the reasons the Gardeners themselves would have written them: for the purpose of praise, adoration, and prayer to our planet, in thanks for its animals and plants and the primate seeds that led to our human experience.'

The Door

The Door

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace THE DOOR is Margaret Atwood's first book of poetry since the 1995 MORNING IN THE BURNED HOUSE. Its lucid yet urgent poems range in tone from lyric to ironic to meditative to prophetic, and in subject from the personal to the political viewed in its broadest sense. They investigate the mysterious writing of poetry itself, as well as the passage of time and our shared sense of mortality. As the New York Times has said, 'Atwood's poems are short, glistening with terse, bright images. . . ' A brave and compassionate book, THE DOOR interrogates the certainties that we build our lives on.

Glances at Germany, Poland, and the Euxine

Glances at Germany, Poland, and the Euxine

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2009

Glances at Germany, Poland, and the Euxine

Glances at Germany, Poland, and the Euxine

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2009

Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2009

In this wide-ranging history of debt Margaret Atwood investigates its many meanings through the ages, from ancient times to the current global financial meltdown. Many of us wonder: how could we have let such a collapse happen? How old or inevitable is this human pattern of debt? Imaginative, topical and insightful, Payback urges us to reconsider our ideas of ownership and debt - before it is too late.

Writing with Intent

Writing with Intent

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2009

From one of the world's most passionately engaged and acclaimed literary citizens comes Writing with Intent, the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's nonfiction, ranging from 1983 to 2005. Composed of autobiographical essays, cultural commentary, book reviews, and introductory pieces to great works of literature, this is the award-winning author's first book-length nonfiction publication in twenty years. Arranged chronologically, these writings display the development of Atwood's worldview as the world around her changes. Included are the Booker Prizewinning author's reviews of books by John Updike, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as essays in which she remembers herself reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse at age nineteen, and discusses the influence of George Orwell's 1984 on the writing of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's New York Times Book Review piece that helped make Orhan Pamuk's Snow a bestseller can be found here, as well as a look back on a family trip to Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion, and her "e;Letter to America,"e; written after September 11, 2001. The insightful and memorable pieces in this book serve as a testament to Atwood's career, reminding readers why she is one of the most esteemed writers of our time.

Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2007

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace This collection of short stories follows a woman at different points in her life, from the loneliness of childhood, the ardour and confusion of young adulthood, and the mortality we must all eventually face up to. Moral Disorder is Margaret Atwood at her very finest. Praise for Moral Disorder: 'Atwood entices us to flip through the photo album of a Canadian woman who closely resembles herself. Come here, sit beside me, she seems to say. Then she takes us on an emotional journey through loneliness, love, loss and old age' Sarah Emily Miano, The Times 'Atwood makes it look so easy, doing what she does best: tenderly dissecting the human heart . . . A marvellous writer' Lee Langley, Daily Mail 'A model of distillation, precision, clarity and detail . . . Atwood writes with compassion and intensity not only about her characters but also about the 20th century itself' Mary Flanagan, Independent

Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2007

From the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Handmaid's TaleOryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journeywith the help of the green-eyed Children of Crakethrough the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2007

As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, inexplicably hangs Penelope's twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel. The Penelopiad premiered with the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Canada's National Arts Centre at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in July 2007.

The Tent

The Tent

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2007

One of the world's most celebrated authors, Margaret Atwood has written a collection of smart and entertaining fictional essays, in the genre of her previous books, Good Bones and Murder in the Dark . Chilling and witty, prescient and personal, delectable and tart, these highly imaginative tales tackle a broad range of subjects, reflecting the times we live in with deadly accuracy and knife-edge precision. Punctuated with wonderful illustrations by the author, they are vintage Atwood.

Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2006

Margaret Atwood is acknowledged as one of the foremost writers of our time. In Moral Disorde, she has created a series of interconnected stories that trace the course of a life and also the lives intertwined with itthose of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. As in a photograph album, time is measured in sharp, clearly observed moments. The 30s, the 40s, the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, the 90s, and the present all are here. The settings vary: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests.By turns funny, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking, and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwoods celebrated storytelling gifts and unmistakable style to their best advantage. As the New York Times has noted: "e;The reader has the sense that Atwood has complete access to her people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations.The Bad News is set in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. The narrative then switches time as the central character moves through childhood and adolescence in The Art of Cooking and Serving, The Headless Horseman, and My Last Duchess. We follow her into young adulthood in The Other Place and then through a complex relationship, traced in four of the stories: Monopoly, Moral Disorder, White Horse, and The Entities. The last two stories, "e;The Labrador Fiasco"e; and "e;The Boys at the Lab,"e; deal with the heartbreaking old age of parents but circle back again to childhood, to complete the cycle. Moral Disorder is fiction, not autobiography; it prefers emotional truths to chronological facts. Nevertheless, not since Cats Eye has Margaret Atwood come so close to giving us a glimpse into her own life.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2006

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...

Moral Disorder

Moral Disorder

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Margaret Atwood has frequently been cited as one of the foremost writers of our time. Moral Disorder, her new work of fiction, could be seen as a collection of eleven stories that is almost a novel or a novel broken up into eleven stories. It resembles a photograph album - a series of clearly observed moments that trace the course of a life, and the lives intertwined with it - those of parents, siblings, children, friends, enemies, teachers and even animals. And as in a photograph album, times change; every decade is here, from the 1930s through the 50s, 60s and 70s to the present day. The settings are equally varied: large cities, suburbs, farms, northern forests. The first story, 'The Bad News,' is set in the present, as a couple no longer young situate themselves in a larger world no longer safe. Then the narrative switches time, as the central character moves through childhood and adolescence, in 'The Art of Cooking and Serving', 'The Headless Horseman' and 'My Last Duchess'. We follow her into young adulthood in 'The Other Place', and then through a complex relationship, traced in four of the stories - 'Monopoly', 'Moral Disorder', 'White Horse' and 'The Entities'. The last two stories, 'The Labrador Fiasco' and 'The Boys at the Lab', deal with the heartbreaking old age of parents, but circle back to childhood again, to complete the cycle. By turns funny, moving, lyrical, incisive, tragic, earthy, shocking and deeply personal, Moral Disorder displays Atwood's celebrated storytelling gifts and inimitable style to their best advantage. As the New York Times has said, 'Atwood has complete access to her people's emotional histories, complete understanding of their hearts and imaginations.'

Curious Pursuits Occasional Writing

Curious Pursuits Occasional Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2006

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Curious Pursuits is a collection of personal essays, book reviews and articles from the fierce, ingenious mind of Margaret Atwood, ranging from 1970 to the present. Atwood remembers moving to London as a starry-eyed teenager in 1964 and her first attempts at gardening; she discusses feminist utopias in fiction, and writes moving odes on beloved classics like Anne of Green Gables. Personal life and fiction are shelved side by side in this revealing, insightful collection of Atwood's non-fiction writing. PRAISE FOR Curious Pursuits 'A goldmine' Sunday Times 'Reminds one that Atwood is a superbly funny (as well as serious) writer; her wit is winningly relaxed and genial as well as sharp' Spectator 'The glimpses into the writing process and her reflections on identity will delight fans of her novels, who will also recognise flashes of her mordant wit' Times

Blind Assassin

Blind Assassin

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

Available for the first time as a downloadable audio file. `Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.' Thus begins The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood's new novel. Laura Chase's older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, but in particular on the events surrounding her sister's tragic early death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase a dollop of notoriety as well as a cult following: as Iris says, she herself lives `in the long shadow cast by Laura'. Sexually explicit for its time and place, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a left-leaning man on the run.

Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

Sixteen years after being locked up, at the age of sixteen, for the bloody murders of her employer and his housekeeper, Grace Marks is examined by Dr Simon Jordan, an expert in amnesia.As the days and weeks pass Simon tries to prise open the memories Grace claims to have lost and reveals a life of love and betrayal, poverty and abuse, drawing the listener in to the rooms of Grace's mind.

Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2005

In this fantastic and funny picture book Margaret Atwood offers a deliciously ridiculous tale about the virtues of resisting restrictions. Rude Ramsay has reached the end of his rope! Sick of eating rock-hard rice, wrinkled ravioli, and raw rhinoceros, Ramsay and Ralph the red-nosed rat resolve to leave their rectangular residence in a quest for more refreshing repast and to prove that the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. With lots of 'r's' to help the story roll along, Margaret Atwood's rollicking text, combined with Dusan Petricic's lively art, make this book a real treat for Margaret Atwood fans, old and new.

Strange Things The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature

Strange Things The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2004

Margaret Atwood's witty and informative book focuses on the imaginative mystique of the wilderness of the Canadian North. She discusses the 'Grey Owl Syndrome' of white writers going native; the folklore arising from the mysterious-- and disastrous -- Franklin expedition of the nineteenth century; the myth of the dreaded snow monster, the Wendigo; the relations between nature writing and new forms of Gothic; and how a fresh generation of women writers in Canada have adapted the imagery of the Canadian North for the exploration of contemporary themes of gender, the family and sexuality. Writers discussed include Robert Service, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, E.J. Pratt, Marian Engel, Margaret Laurence, and Gwendolyn MacEwan.This superbly written and compelling portrait of the mysterious North is at once a fascinating insight into the Canadian imagination, and an exciting new work from an outstanding literary presence.

The Journals of Susanna Moodie Poems

The Journals of Susanna Moodie Poems

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/1997

This poetry collection was first written in 1970. In 1980, Atwood's long-time friend, the artist Charles Pachter, illustrated, designed and published a limited, hand-made, boxed portfolio edition of 120 copies of the poem with silkscreen illustrations. This is a facsimile edition of it.

Alias Grace

Alias Grace

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1997

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale Now a major NETFLIX series Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks. Female fiend? Femme fatale? Or weak and unwilling victim? Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale of sexuality, cruelty and mystery. 'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel 'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times 'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday

Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories

Bluebeard's Egg and Other Stories

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/1997

A man finds himself surrounded by women who are becoming paler, more silent and literally smaller; a woman's intimate life is strangely dominated by the fear of nuclear warfare; a melancholy teenage love is swept away by a hurricane, while a tired, middle-aged affection is rekindled by the spectacle of rare Jamaican birds...In these exceptional short stories, by turns funny and searingly honest, Margaret Atwood captures brilliantly the complex forces that govern our relationships, and the powerful emotions that guide them.

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/1996

Students and journalists, farmers and birdwatchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers - and dancing girls. All ordinary people - or are they? In this splendid collection of short stories, Margaret Atwood maps the human motivation we scarcely know we have in a startlingly original voice, full of rare intensity and exceptional intelligence. With brilliant flashes of fantasy, humour and unexpected violence, these stories reveal the complexities of human relationships and bring to life characters who evoke laughter, compassion, terror and recognition and dramatically demonstrate why Atwood is one of the most important writers in English today.

Life Before Man

Life Before Man

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/1996

Life Before Man explores the lives of three people imprisoned by walls of their own construction and in thrall to the tragicomedy we call love. Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality and suppressed rage, has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover, and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably towards the same climax.

Bodily Harm

Bodily Harm

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/09/1996

Rennie Wilford, a young jounalist running from her life, takes an assignment to a Caribbean island and tumbles into a world where no one is what they seem. When the burnt-out Yankee Paul (does he smuggle dope or hustle for the CIA?) offers her a no-hooks, no strings affair, she is caught up in a lethal web of corruption.

Bones And Murder

Bones And Murder

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/1995

A treasure trove of collected works from the legendary author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Queen Gertrude gives Hamlet a piece of her mind. An ugly sister and a wicked stepmother put in a good word for themselves. A reincarnated bat explains how Bram Stoker got Dracula hopelessly wrong. Bones and Murder is a bewitching cocktail of prose and poetry, fiction and fairytales, as well as some of Atwood's own illustrations. It's pure distilled Atwood: deliciously strong and bittersweet. 'A marvellous miniature sample case of Atwood's sensuous and sardonic talents' Times Literary Supplement

Wilderness Tips

Wilderness Tips

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/1995

This is a collection of short stories from the author of Cat's Eye and The Handmaid's Tale . The settings range from late-1950s coffee bars, where poetry readings are subversive, to wild Canadian landscapes that are both menacing and alluring.

The Robber Bride

The Robber Bride

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/1994

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Zenia is beautiful, smart and greedy, by turns manipulative and vulnerable, needy and ruthless; a man's dream and a woman''s nightmare. She is also dead. Just to make sure Tony, Roz andd Charis are there for the funeral. But five years on, as the three women share an indulgent, sisterly lunch, the unthinkable happens; 'with waves of ill will flowing out of her like cosmic radiation', Zenia is back...

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/1993

One of the New Windmills series for schools, this is the story of Offred, one of the few women in the Republic of Gilead left with functioning ovaries, whose only function it is to breed. If she deviates, she will be hanged as a dissenter. But Offred is determined to find a way out.

Wilderness Tips

Wilderness Tips

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/1991

This is a collection of short stories from the author of Cat's Eye and The Handmaid's Tale . The settings range from late-1950s coffee bars where poetry readings are subversive, to wild Canadian landscapes that are both menacing and alluring.

Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/1990

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace Elaine Risley, a painter, returns to Toronto to find herself overwhelmed by her past. Memories of childhood - unbearable betrayals and cruelties - surface relentlessly, forcing her to confront the spectre of Cordelia, once her best friend and tormentor, who has haunted her for forty years. 'Not since Graham Greene has a novelist captured so forcefully the relationship between school bully and victim...Atwood's games are played, exquisitely, by little girls' LISTENER An exceptional novel from the winner of the 2000 Booker Prize

The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English

The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/1985

An impressive selection of some of the best work of Canadian poets and Atwood's brilliant introductory survey of Canadian poetry make this an excellent textbook choice.

Lady Oracle

Lady Oracle

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/05/1982

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace * The trick was to disappear without a trace, leaving behind me the shadow of a corpse, a shadow everyone would mistake for solid reality. At first I thought I'd managed it. Fat girl, thin girl. Red hair, brown hair. Polish aristocrat, radical husband. Joan Foster has dozens of different identities, and she's utterly confused by them all. After a life spent running away from difficult situations, she decides to escape to a hill town in Italy to take stock of her life. But first she must carefully arrange her own death. * 'A mistress of controlled hysteria' - Time 'If you feel safe only with nine to five reality, you'll probably not enjoy her books. But if you'd like to lift off, try her' - Cosmopolitan

Surfacing

Surfacing

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/1979

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace 'One of the most important novels of the 20th century . . . utterly remarkable' New York Times A young woman returns to northern Quebec to the remote island of her childhood, with her lover and two friends, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her father. Flooded with memories, she begins to realise that going home means entering not only another place but another time. As the wild island exerts its elemental hold and she is submerged in the language of the wilderness, she sees that what she is really looking for is her own past.

The Journals of Susanna Moodie

The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Author: Margaret Atwood Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/1970

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