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Margaret Atwood


(Margaret Eleanor Atwood)
Canada (1939 - )

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than thirty books - novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children.

Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye - both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel is Oryx and Crake (2003). She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.
 
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Short stories
When it Happens (1983)
Freeforall (1986)
Death by Landscape (1989)
Homelanding (1989)
Daphne and Laura and So Forth (1995)
Half-Hanged Mary (1995)
Shopping (1998)


Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1986) : The Handmaid's Tale
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book winner (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1989) : Cat's Eye
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1996) : Alias Grace
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Alias Grace
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Alias Grace
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2000) : The Blind Assassin
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2001) : The Blind Assassin
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : The Blind Assassin
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2003) : Oryx and Crake
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2004) : Oryx and Crake
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2010) : The Year of the Flood


Margaret Atwood recommends
Doctor Glas
Doctor Glas (1905)
Hjalmar Söderberg
"Doctor Glas is one of those marvellous books that appears as fresh and vivid now as on the day it was published..."
My Heart Is Broken
My Heart Is Broken (1982)
Mavis Gallant
"Mavis Gallant's insights into her characters are achieved with breathtaking economy and lightness of detail. She is a terrifyingly good writer - one of the best Canadian writers of short stories I know."
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (1983)
Breece D'J Pancake
"An exceptional voice."
Mary Swann
Mary Swann (1987)
Carol Shields
"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped - in total command of itself and its language."
My Father's House
My Father's House (1987)
Sylvia Fraser
"A beautifully written, heart-wrenching and ultimately healing story be an amazing and courageous woman."
Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly (1990)
Valerie Martin
"An astonishing tour de force ... It gives us a fresh take on the famous Dr Jekyll and the infamous Mr Hyde. It also allows us backstairs into the shadowy Victorian world of devoted servants ... A tense drama ... Prime reading!"

Last Seen (1996)
Matt Cohen
"His best novel to date...Almost unbearably sad, it's also, at times, very funny...and full of a quirky, left-handed wisdom."
Island
Island (2000)
Alistair MacLeod
"Beautifully crafted stories elegiac, honest, proud, and both eloquent and taciturn. Like their subjects... a wonderfully talented writer."
Life of Pi
Life of Pi (2000)
Yann Martel
"A terrific book... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore."

Canoe Lake (2002)
Roy MacGregor
"A fascinating puzzle."
Gregorius
Gregorius (2007)
Bengt Ohlsson
"Both a riveting novel on its own merits and an astonishing gloss on an earlier masterpiece."
Good to a Fault
Good to a Fault (2008)
Marina Endicott
"There's heartbreak, there's joy, there are parts where you cry - and it's very high quality writing."
Generosity
Generosity (2009)
Richard Powers
"If Powers were an American writer of the noneteenth century he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby Dick. His picture is that big."

Changing Planes (2014)
Ursula K Le Guin
"Le Guin, is a quintessentially American writer, of the sort for whom the quest for the Peaceable Kingdom is ongoing."



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