Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction,
poetry and critical essays.
In addition to the classic The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, was published in 2009. She was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 2008.
As potent as a curse * * Sunday Times * *
Fabulous . . . Determinedly irreverent * * New York Times * *
A witty desecration . . . Atwood plays with vigour and ingenuity * * Observer * *
Atwood takes Penelope's part with tremendous verve . . . she explores the very nature of mythic story-telling -- MARY BEARD * * Guardian * *
Pragmatic, clever, domestic, mournful, Penelope is a perfect Atwood heroine * * Spectator * *
Half Dorothy Parker, half Desperate Housewives * * Independent * *
Atwood and all authors named above are able to grasp the female experience perfectly in myths dominated by men, creating beautifully rounded and realistic characters from those created as ornaments and prizes by Homer * * The Courier * *