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Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing 1970-2005

Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing 1970-2005 (Chinese Edition) - Margaret Atwood
bookshelves: autumn-2014, published-2005, under-500-ratings, essays, nonfiction, radio-4x, autobiography-memoir
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 21 to 28, 2014


Description: '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.


1/5 Travels Back: Margaret Atwood recalls dramas in reading her work to audiences. Why does 'national identity' intrigue her? Read by Liza Ross.

2/5 The Grunge Look: Coming to Britain in the 60s was a quest for culture, but Margaret got caught up in fashion and chat-up moments at museums.

3/5 Introduction to She: Margaret praises an old pot-boiler of a book with an infamous heroine and asks why it gripped her.

4/5 Victory Gardens: In days of yore, the test of a good cook was whether she could utilise every leftover morsel.

5/5 Mortification; Edinburgh Festival: Two short essays look at some author mishaps and Scotland's fair city through the decades.

4* The Handmaid's Tale
3* The Blind Assassin
TR Wilderness Tips
3* Good Bones
CR Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing 1970-2005

3* Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)
3* The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)
TR MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy, #3)