Old Babes in the Wood
A highly personal new collection of stories by the bestselling, twice Booker-winning cultural icon
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 & 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.
They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales.
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.
'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
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 7 March 2023