Old babes in the wood

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Margaret Atwood is celebrated as one of the most gifted storytellers in the world. This new collection showcases her many talents – and the return of her beloved characters Nell and Tig. They explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords. At the heart of the collection is a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love – and what comes after. The glorious range of Atwood’s creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.

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The new collection from the legendary Atwood is led by the story of a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love — and what comes after

My heart is broken, Nell thinks. But in our family we don’t say, ‘My heart is broken.’ We say, ‘Are there any cookies?’

In this dazzling collection of stories we meet beloved cats, George Orwell, a daughter whose mother may or may not be a witch, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales. And we meet and re-meet Nell and Tig, a long-married couple, and see the moments big and small that make up a life of love – and what comes after.

‘She’s Margaret Atwood, and she can do anything’ Ann Patchett

‘There is no greater living writer’ Daily Telegraph

‘The outstanding novelist of our age’ Sunday Times

‘A living legend’ New York Times Book Review

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Weight 191 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.7 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

257

Language

English

Edition

Short stories

Dewey

813.54 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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