The Handmaid’s Tale
By Margaret Atwood
This dystopian classic, set in an oppressive and parallel America will shock and fascinate you. The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred and her role as a Handmaid, where she is forced to provide children for infertile women of higher status. With Channel 4’s latest adaptation of the novel, Atwood’s book has seen a surge of popularity. This enthralling and fear mongering novel gives you a glimpse of a terrible world that seems not too far from reality, and poses the thought provoking question ‘what if’.
By Alice Munro
Nobel Prize winning Alice Munro’s book of short stories explores the power of love, betrayal, and lost children. The short stories ‘Chance’, ‘Soon’, and ‘Silence’ have inspired the Spanish film Julieta and won a BAFTA for The Best Film Not in the English Language. Short stories are perfect for those who like to dip in and out of a book and may not have time for a lengthy novel. Runaway truly deserves the accolades it has received; simply but beautifully written, Munrow’s stories are the perfect escape this Summer.
The Sense of an Ending
By Julian Barnes
Now a major film starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant and critically acclaimed novel that has book lovers and film obsessives hooked. Tony Webster’s school days seemed simple; he is part of a book-hungry clique, who entertained themselves with rumour and wit. Now Tony is retired, a lawyer’s letter arrives and causes us to question the upstanding and simple character that we have perceived. Exploring how memory can often be manipulated and fade with age, this novel creates twists and turns that you would not expect, making you doubt the Tony you thought you knew.