Our July 2020 Author of the Month is the one and only Margaret Atwood!
Praised as one of the 21st century’s most influential writers, Margaret Atwood has conquered all literary paths, giving a voice to the underdogs (and the villains!) whilst always encouraging her readers to see the good and bad in everyone and everything.
Whether you are discovering her books for the very first time, or revisiting some of her best known and loved classics, we have put together a selection of titles to set you off on an Atwood journey!
Here it is: the Aura Libraries Guide to Margaret Atwood!
Where it all began…
The Edible Woman (1969)
Whilst a writer’s best work may not necessarily be their first book, we feel that Atwood’s first novel, The Edible Woman, is a very good place to start! It is a playful and engaging novel centred around Marian – the first of many Atwood heroines! – who can’t quite stomach the world around her.
The game changers…
The Robber Bride (1993) and The Blind Assassin (2000)
These two titles bring us some of Atwood’s greatest characters, including the wicked Zenia from The Robber Bride and sisters Iris and Laura Chase in The Blind Assassin: both novels are cunning and clever throughout!
Books that changed the world…
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and The Testaments (2019)
No guide to Margaret Atwood can ignore The Handmaid’s Tale! This novel crowned Atwood as the queen of the dystopian novel and is proof of the power of the written word when speaking out against injustice. After a long 35 year wait, Atwood takes us back (or forward!) to the dystopian state of Gilead in The Testaments: what happens next is breath-taking!
Turning history on its head…
Alias Grace (1996), Good Bones (1992) and The Penelopiad (2005)
These titles re-energise voices from the past whether it be Grace Marks: the accused murderess in Alias Grace, Gertrude: Hamlet’s misunderstood mother and the title figure of ‘Gertrude Talks Back’, included in the short story collection Good Bones, or Penelope: the side-lined wife of Odysseus in The Penelopiad.
Something to look forward to…
One of the most anticipated poetry collections of the decade, Atwood’s Dearly is a collection of poetry due for publication in November 2020. It’s safe to say that Aura Libraries cannot wait!
Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen in your own guide to Margaret Atwood. Get in touch on Twitter (@LibFlintshire) and Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) Although we are apart, we are always #UnitedByBooks!
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