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The style & technique of MARGARET ATWOOD

Tony Rossiter explores two of the literary bestseller’s novels, one speculative and one historical


‘I’m a serious writer, and I never expected to become a popular one’, she said some years ago on Desert Island Discs. A literary megastar with more than fifty books to her name, Margaret Atwood’s long career has encompassed fiction (novels, short stories and children’s books), non fiction and poetry. Shortlisted five times for the Booker prize (winning it in 2000 for The Blind Assassin), TV adaptations of The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and Alias Grace (1996) have given her the international stardom few writers experience.

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