Old Babes in the Wood
New stories of love and mischief from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Published: 7th Mar '23
Available, normally delivered within 3-6 days.
Atwood's first new fiction publication since The Testaments, this deeply personal collection includes a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love -- and what comes after
The stories explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords.
They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales.
The glorious range of Atwood's creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.
'Gripping... a writer in full possession of her powers' Financial Times
'These reflections on marriage, mortality and many-tentacled aliens show Atwood's mastery of the short form' Guardian
'She's Margaret Atwood, and she can do anything' Ann Patchett
'There is no greater living writer' Daily Telegraph
'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times
'A living legend' New York Times Book Review
Atwood...writes infectiously... page after page proving that...[her] lavish literary talents remain wholly undiminished * Reader's Digest *
If you consider yourself and Atwood fan and have only read her novels: Get your act together. You've been missing out * New York Times Book Review *
A gripping read... Old Babes in the Wood is further evidence of a writer in full possession of her powers. Atwood will never struggle to find readers, but this collection really is worth their attention * Financial Times *
Atwood... is a brilliant and spiky storyteller who can seamlessly turn big issues into page-turners... These are Atwood's most personal tales so far * Sunday Times *
The inimitable author of The Handmaid's Tail is spectacular at short stories * i *
Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 27mm