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    The Handmaid's Tale: the book that inspired the hit TV series and BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read

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    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.
    ISBN: 9780099740919
    AuthorAtwood, Margaret
    PublisherNameVintage Publishing
    Pub Date19/09/1996
    BindingPaperback
    Pages320

    ** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **

    Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series.

    'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it' Guardian


    I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.

    Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

    Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

    'A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist', Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other.

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    ** THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER **

    Go back to where it all began with the dystopian novel behind the award-winning TV series.

    'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it' Guardian


    I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.

    Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

    Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction.

    'A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist', Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other.