Discover the book that inspired the smash-hit Channel 4 series!
Offred's only function as a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead is to breed. Unable to choose or decide anything for herself, any form of rebellion or dissent will be punished by death. But even the repressive state of Gilead cannot totally obliterate desire - not Offred's, and not that of the two men on which her future hangs.
The Handmaid's Tale Paperback edition by Margaret Atwood
This, I am ashamed to admit, was my first Margaret Atwood, and I only read it because Jenny Rowbory recommended it, and she is ALWAYS right. And boy, was she right with this. A dystopian novel about a world in which women are subjugated, it was a fascinating, breathless read. It is both literary and very readable, which is a sign of truly good literature. Highly recommended.
Some books are classics for a reason and this is one of them. It can be a hard read - not because it's particularly graphic - but because its themes are shockingly current and thought provoking. The first person narrative is gripping and this dystopian novel is extremely engaging and has some wonderfully written lines, that pack a great punch and manage to say a lot in just a few words. An excellent book all together.
Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film). Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize) The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Finally, The Blind Assassin won the Booker Prize in 2000.
The songlines are the invisible pathways that criss-cross Australia, ancient tracks connecting communities and following ancient boundaries. In this magical account Chatwin recalls his travels across the length and breadth of Australia seeking to find the truth about the songs and unravel the mysteries of their stories.
Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel her way, through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...
Whatever became of the most talented people you once knew? They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting. Only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams and have become shockingly successful too.
THE CLASSIC NOVEL FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING TONI MORRISONIt is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky.
BY THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF BELOVEDJoe Trace - in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband - shoots dead his lover of three months, the impetuous, eighteen-year-old Dorcas.
OVER TEN MILLION COPIES SOLDThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.
In a frolic of cartoon and comic outbursts against rule and reason, a miraculous weaving of science fiction, memoir, parable, fairy tale and farce, Kurt Vonnegut attacks the whole spectrum of American society, releasing some of his best-loved literary creations on the scene.
Set in the 1930s, Goodbye to Berlin evokes the glamour and sleaze, excess and repression of Berlin society. Isherwood shows the lives of people at threat from the rise of the Nazis: a wealthy Jewish heiress, Natalia Landauer, a gay couple, Peter and Otto, and an English upper-class waif, the divinely decadent Sally Bowles.
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