Freedom

Margaret Atwood

  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Published: 05/04/2018
  • ISBN: 9781784874117
  • Length: 144  Pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 9mm x 110mm
  • Weight: 81g
  • RRP: £3.50

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.

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

#1 in the Series: The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Published: 05/10/2017
  • ISBN: 9781784708238
  • Length: 336  Pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 33mm x 144mm
  • Weight: 453g
  • RRP: £14.99

** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **

Discover the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series in this beautiful gift edition.

‘I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.’

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

‘As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it…no television event has hit such a nerve …’ Guardian

READ THE TESTAMENTS, THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID’S TALE, TODAY

The Testaments

The Testaments

The Booker prize-winning sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Published: 01/09/2020
  • ISBN: 9781784708214
  • Length: 448  Pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 30mm x 128mm
  • Weight: 386g
  • RRP: £8.99

THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER AND WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE

The Testaments is Atwood at her best . . . To read this book is to feel the world turning’ Anne Enright

The Republic of Gilead is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, two girls with radically different experiences of the regime come face to face with the legendary, ruthless Aunt Lydia. But how far will each go for what she believes?

Now with additional material: book club discussion points and an interview with Margaret Atwood about the real-life events that inspired The Testaments and The Handmaid’s Tale.
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PRAISE FOR THE TESTAMENTS:

‘Everything The Handmaid’s Tale fans wanted and more. Prepare to hold your breath throughout, and to cry real tears at the end’ Stylist

‘Atwood challenges us constantly and poses the question that lies like a pearl inside the shell of this frighteningly readable novel, “Before you sit in judgement, how would you behave in Gilead?”’ Sunday Telegraph

‘She manages to write about the darkest and most terrifying parts of human psychology in a way that is still deeply funny and full of dark strange hope’ Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

A plump, pacy, witty and tightly plotted page-turner… Atwood is on top form’ Observer

‘She is one of the greatest writers of the past century’ Sunday Times

‘How did she manage to make darkness feel so effortless? How did she think to inject humour where no humour should exist? Because she’s Margaret Atwood, and she can do anything’ Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

The Testaments is Atwood at her best, in its mixture of generosity, insight and control. The prose is adroit, direct, beautifully turned. All over the reading world, the history books are being opened to the next blank page and Atwood’s name is written at the top of it. To read this book is to feel the world turning

Anne Enright, Guardian