The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. . . . .
"'Moving, vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic' Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Listener "
Margaret Atwood is Canada's most eminent novelist, poet and critic. Her books include The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, Bodily Harm, The Handmaid's Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General's Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film), Cat's Eye (also shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, which won the Booker Prize in 2000, and Oryx and Crake. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson and their daughter.