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Old Babes in the Wood (Hardback)Margaret Atwood (author)
Featuring a glorious cast of characters from George Orwell and Martha Gellhorn to an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales, this spellbinding collection of short fiction from the award-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale showcases Atwood’s narrative genius and boundless imagination at their very best.
Margaret Atwood is celebrated as one of the most gifted storytellers in the world. These stories explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords.
They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales. At the heart of the collection is a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love - and what comes after.
The glorious range of Atwood's creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 27 mm
‘Old Babes in the Wood is further evidence of a writer in full possession of her powers. Atwood will never struggle to find readers, but this collection really is worth their attention.' - The Financial Times
‘Chips and fragments of lives, full of sass and sadness.’ - The Guardian
‘Most affecting of all, and most delicately and discerningly elaborated is Atwood’s interest in magical thinking, of the type that arises both when one is attempting to ward off danger and when one has failed to.’ - The Times Literary Supplement
‘Atwood writes perceptively about grief, memory, and the space both left behind and taken up by people when they die.' - The Sunday Express
‘Devastating and thought-provoking in equal measure, you will find yourself thoroughly entertained – and we're sure you'll return to these again and again.’ - Glamour
‘There’s a story in here that everyone can relate to.' - Woman & Home
‘It’s Nell and Tig who steal the show, their years together yielding stories of love and eventually loss, brought achingly to life and sharpened by Atwood’s dry wit and wily wisdom.' - Mail on Sunday
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“Atwood at her best!”
Surprising, engaging and thoroughly human - this is a real treat of a read that Atwood fans are sure to love.
A sparkling collection from the best in the business. Worth it for Atwood's take on Orwell alone, but there's so much more to enjoy in these pages.
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