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English: The Handmaid's Tale

About the Author

An overview of Atwood's life and writing.

A more comprehensive overview of Atwood's early life, writing and achievements.

Atwood's personal website includes interviews, bibliographies, blogs and articles.

About the Book

Atwood describes her motivations behind and the process of writing The Handmaid's Tale. She also answers some common questions around the book.

A comprehensive summary of the book.

Read an extract.

An overview of Dystopian and Utopian literature, the features and seminal works.

A history of the dystopian genre.


A comprehensive summary and analysis of the novel.

An analysis of The Handmaid's Tale to fit with the year 11 curriculum.

A detailed summary and analysis of the text.