The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Chosen by Rachel

A class of women, known as handmaids, are kept for reproductive purposes in a reality radically overturned by a theocratic revolution.

◉ “This read was a return to one of my all time favourite books. The revisit was hard, knowing this read would never be as good as the first time, but reading it at this time, with world events what they are, provided a new perspective. What continues to impress me is Atwood’s ability to combine reality as we know it with acute perceptions of the ever-changing world into a prophecy type writing style. Plus, the masterful character construction provides relatable characters whom I cared about deeply from the outset. A life changing book which everyone should read.” – Rachel

◉ “I couldn’t put this book down – I read it in a day practically. It starts with what I thought was an improbable feminist nightmare which Atwood convincingly persuaded me to believe – fear and mistrust allow the characters to be under the control of mysterious fanatics. This novel is a disturbing tale of terror that gripped me from the start until the end. It’s scary and Atwood’s unnerving ability for prophecy will infect your mind. I still think about this book and I feel regret that I can’t relive reading it fresh again. She’s amazing and I totally loved it.” – Jo

Published 1985
McClelland and Stewart
311 pages


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