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Ten of the best books by female authors

I have chosen these books because I feel they encompass what it means to be a woman: the beauty and hardships, the strong female bonds and, above all, courage. The…

Genre Spotlight: Dystopian Fiction

‘You asked me once,’ said O’Brien, ‘what was in Room 101. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.’ ‘The worst thing in the…

Poem of the week: ‘The Circle Game’ by Margaret Atwood

It’s more difficult than ever to stay connected with people and run from the isolation that has been imposed by our current lockdowns and social distancing. But while the COVID-19…

Two winners, one prize, and a lot of controversy: the Booker Prize blunder explained

The Booker Prize for Fiction, love it or hate it, is a big deal. Not only is it highly prestigious, but publicity gained from winning the prize can generate a…

Poem of the Week: ‘They Eat Out’ by Margaret Atwood

Like many, I was first introduced to Margaret Atwood’s remarkable way with words via her prolific and groundbreaking novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted as an acclaimed television series in 2017.…

Introducing: Margaret Atwood

It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a writer who is as dazzling in person as she is in print. Canadian novelist, poet, inventor, environmental activist and general…

Margaret Atwood: the legacy that will live long past her own lifetime

You know a writer is an indisputable legend when it is not a matter of trying to fill a 1,350 seated theatre, but rather finding a way to manage the…

Stone Mattress

Quite simply, the regular and intense satisfaction that Margaret Atwood offers her readers in Stone Mattress makes this book a suitable antidote to grey January days or the perfect start…