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Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing

Margaret Atwood

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Prose: non-fiction

Collected essays and journalism from the bestselling author of The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake. First publication.

Whenever I resolve to write less and do something healthful instead, like ice dancing - some honey-tongued editor is sure to call me up and make me an offer I can't refuse. So in some ways this book is simply the result of an under-developed ability to say no.'

Collected and published in the UK for the first time, here are essays and journalism from the brilliant novelist and poet. Ranging from book reviews of John Updike and Toni Morrison to an appreciation of Dashiell Hammet; an account of a journey in Afghanistan that sowed the seeds of The Handmaid's Tale; passionate ecological writings; funny stories of 'my most embarrassing moments'; obituaries of some of her great friends and fellow writers: Angela Carter, Mordecai Richler, Carol Shields.

This is an insightful, thoughtful and revealing record of the life and times and writings of Margaret Atwood from 1970 to the present.

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Praise for Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing

  • For admirers of her books, it is a goldmine - Sunday Times

  • Reminds one that Atwood is a superbly funny (as well as serious) writer; her wit is winningly relaxed and genial as well as sharp - Spectator

  • The glimpses into the writing process and her reflections on identity will delight fans of her novels, who will also recognise flashes of her mordant wit - Times

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and now Oryx and Crake for the 2003 Booker prize. She has won many literary prizes in other countries.

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