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  • Published: 2 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784875930
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.00

The Handmaid's Tale

A beautiful new edition of a perennial classic - ten of the best books ever written, reissued to celebrate 30 years of VINTAGE

MOST LOVED. MOST RED. Ten must-read modern classics.

'Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.'

Imagine a world where women's bodies are controlled by men. Where society has descended into religious patriarchy and censorship. Where the environment has been destroyed and a powerful few hold the reins to all wealth and freedom. Welcome to Gilead. This is the story of Offred, a Handmaid forced into sexual servitude, in the country once known as the USA.

Atwood's Handmaids have become a symbol of feminist resistance. This masterpiece blurs the boundaries between fiction and news headlines.


  • Pub date: 2 July 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784875930
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.00

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

“A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist”

Bernadine Evaristo, author of GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER

“Compulsively readable”

Daily Telegraph

“The mother of all feminist dystopian novels.”

Sarra Manning, Red

“The novel satirises the strain of evangelical puritanism in American culture and the objectification and control of women’s bodies. It is more broadly a contemporary myth of despotic power, and how such power deforms those who are subjected to it.”

Tim Adams, Observer

“One of Atwood’s finest pieces of work serves as a great reminder of what humanity is capable of.”

Hannah Dunn, Red

“Margaret Atwood is a wry and perceptive observer of society as well as an original storyteller”

Cecilia Heyes, Psychologist

“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”


“This is a novel pervaded by violence, sex, terror, but also by contemplation, analysis and – occasionally – by hope… Atwood shockingly reveals what we could be capable of.”

Elly McCausland, Cherwell Newspaper

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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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