***Margaret Atwood’s books have been recommended five times in our book recommendation interviews, on subjects as diverse as the Odyssey and ‘Navigating the Future’ (scroll down to see which of Margaret Atwood’s books were chosen by our experts, and why, below)
The bestselling, multi-award-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood is best known for her ‘feminist dystopia’ blockbuster The Handmaid’s Tale (its sequel is The Testaments), but is the author of more than 40 other works of fiction, criticism and poetry, including The Blind Assassin (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize); Oryx and Crake (shortlisted for the 2003 Booker); and Alias Grace (winner of Canada’s Giller Prize and Italy’s Premio Mondello).
Interviews where books by Margaret Atwood were recommended
The best books on Navigating the Future: a reading list for young adults, recommended by Chris Kutarna
We are living in times of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval – and of unprecedented progress and opportunity too. Chris Kutarna, political scientist and co-author of Age of Discovery, here selects five books that will help young adults navigate this uncertain future and achieve their full potential.
The Odyssey has been constantly rewritten by centuries of writers, but like so much of Greek myth, it’s always already open to revising its own narrative. Emily Wilson, Professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania and the first woman to translate the Odyssey into English, recommends the best books to read after (or alongside) the Ancient Greek epic, and offers sage wisdom about both translating ancient epics and why everyone can learn from the Odyssey today.
Each year, a panel of esteemed judges reads over 100 novels to determine which titles will vie for the award of the Booker Prize for Fiction. Peter Florence, chair of the 2019 judges and founder of the famous Hay Festival, tells us why the books on this year’s shortlist are gripping, enthralling must-reads.