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Life Before Man
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  • Published: 8 November 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099741015
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $28.99
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Life Before Man


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A splendid work...superb - Marilyn French

Elizabeth, monstrous yet pitiable, Nate, her husand, a patchwork man, gentle, disillusioned; Lesje, a younger woman at the natural history museum, for whom dinosaurs are as important as men.

A sexual triangle; three people in thrall to the tragicomedy we call love. . . .

  • Pub date: 8 November 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099741015
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Margaret Atwood

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 him; and the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped 8 million copies worldwide.

Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Praise for Life Before Man

“A modern saga...she has a fine ear for words and a quick wit for absudities”

The Times

“An extraordinary imagination - witty, light-footed, realistic, yet with shooting insights into the nature of personality and love”

Isabel Quigley, Financial Times

“Life Before Man - tender, funny, absorbing, idiosyncratic, truthful, heartening - is a liberating novel. It desrves a wide readership”

Michael Herbert, Literary Review

“Mordant intelligence; formidable insight into the springs of human self-deception, self-aggrandisement and self-destruction; and an effortless, always vivid style”

Jeffrey Meyers, Spectator

“Beautifully written and constructed... A rich and elegant achievement”

Peter Kemp, Listener


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