***Margaret Atwood’s books have been recommended seven 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).
Books by Margaret Atwood
Interviews where books by Margaret Atwood were recommended
Catherine Mayer—author, journalist and president of the Women’s Equality Party—talks to Five Books about her optimism for a more equal future for society by way of her favourite science fiction visionaries and their work.
What makes the most successful societies tick? The RSA’s Matthew Taylor says we should recognise that relationships and values are more important than scientific or economic advances
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.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001
by Garrett Graff
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
by Tony Kushner
by Michelle Obama
by E.B. White & Garth Williams (illustrator)
The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett
The Testaments: A Novel
by Margaret Atwood
Every year, the Audie Awards celebrate the best audiobooks published over the previous year. Veteran audiobook reviewer Robin Whitten of AudioFile Magazine and Mary Burkey, who has served on multiple audiobook judging panels, explain what makes a good audiobook and talk us through the brilliant books that were finalists in the 2020 ‘Audiobook of the Year’ category.
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.