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    • ISBN:9780748113361
    • Publication date:03 Sep 2009

Moral Disorder

By Margaret Atwood

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* A superb collection of short stories from one of our best-loved writers - now reissued with a striking new jacket along with other newly jacketed titles from Margaret Atwood's backlist

By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace

This collection of short stories follows a woman at different points in her life, from the loneliness of childhood, the ardour and confusion of young adulthood, and the mortality we must all eventually face up to. Moral Disorder is Margaret Atwood at her very finest.

Praise for Moral Disorder:

'Atwood entices us to flip through the photo album of a Canadian woman who closely resembles herself. Come here, sit beside me, she seems to say. Then she takes us on an emotional journey through loneliness, love, loss and old age' Sarah Emily Miano, The Times

'Atwood makes it look so easy, doing what she does best: tenderly dissecting the human heart . . . A marvellous writer' Lee Langley, Daily Mail

'A model of distillation, precision, clarity and detail . . . Atwood writes with compassion and intensity not only about her characters but also about the 20th century itself' Mary Flanagan, Independent

Biographical Notes

The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, Alias Grace and Oryx and Crake have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Blind Assassin won it. Margaret Atwood has won many literary prizes in other countries. The Year of the Flood is her most recent novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781844080335
  • Publication date: 04 Nov 2010
  • Page count: 272
  • Imprint: Virago
A model of distillation, precision, clarity and detail . . . Atwood writes with compassion and intensity not only about her characters but also about the 20th century itself — INDEPENDENT
Ingenious and perceptive. . . deserves to become a quiet classic — SPECTATOR
An emotional journey through loneliness, love, loss and old age. . . This snapshot collection is a study of memory, to be cherished — THE TIMES
Vivid, crispy focused, full of depth and beguiling detail — SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
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