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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099511663
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

The Handmaid's Tale




Compulsively readable' Daily Telegraph

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.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099511663
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

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 The Handmaid's Tale

“Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic”

Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Listener

“The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story”

Angela Carter

“Out of a narrative shadowed by terror, gleam sharp perceptions, brilliant intense images and sardonic wit”

Peter Kemp, Independent

“The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling”

Linda Taylor, Sunday Times

“Powerful...admirable”

Robert Irwin, Time Out


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Elisabeth Moss, star of the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, has narrated the audiobook edition of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel.

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