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Bones And Murder

By Margaret Atwood

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

A treasure trove of collected works from the legendary author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

Queen Gertrude gives Hamlet a piece of her mind.
An ugly sister and a wicked stepmother put in a good word for themselves.
A reincarnated bat explains how Bram Stoker got Dracula hopelessly wrong.

Bones and Murder is a bewitching cocktail of prose and poetry, fiction and fairytales, as well as some of Atwood's own illustrations. It's pure distilled Atwood: deliciously strong and bittersweet.

'A marvellous miniature sample case of Atwood's sensuous and sardonic talents' Times Literary Supplement

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  • ISBN: 9781860490514
  • Publication date: 28 Sep 1995
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Virago
Atwood's offbeat fiction is always charming, insightful and provocative. — PREVIEW
Full of fun and invention, with an edge that cuts through preconceptions ... an entertaining sampler of Atwood's cleverness and imagination — NICOLETTE Jones, INDEPENDENT on Sunday
A novelist and poet of great gifts — GUARDIAN
Everything she forms in words has substance and weight — DAILY TELEGRAPH
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