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Now a Major TV SeriesThe Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates; she will; like dissenters; be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.Brilliantly conceived and executed; this powerful vision of the future gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's irony; wit and astute perception.''Moving; vivid and terrifying. I only hope it's not prophetic'' - Conor Cruise O'Brien; The Listener''The Handmaid's Tale is both a superlative exercise in science fiction and a profoundly felt moral story'' - Angela Carter''Out of a narrative shadowed by terror; gleam sharp perceptions; brilliant intense images and sardonic wit'' - Peter Kemp; Independent''The images of brilliant emptiness are one of the most striking aspects of this novel about totalitarian blindness...the effect is chilling'' - Linda Taylor; Sunday Times''Powerful...admirable'' - Robert Irwin; Time Out''It's hard to believe it is 25 years since it was first published; but its freshness; its anger and its disciplined; taut prose have grown more admirable in the intervening years...Atwood's novel was an ingenious enterprise that showed; with out hysteria; the real dangers to women of closing their eyes to patriarchal'' - Lesley McDowell; Independent on Sunday''Turned 25 this year and... worth re-reading. As you grow; such books grow with you.'' - Erica Wagner; The Times; Christmas round up
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