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Read an extract from You Play the Girl

We all know who The Girl is. She holds The Hero’s hand as he runs through the Pyramids, chasing robots. Or she nags him, or foils him, plays the uptight straight man to his charming loser. She’s idealised, degraded, dismissed, objectified and almost always dehumanised. How do we process these insidious portrayals, and how do…

Vote for your favourite Margaret Atwood novel

16 With a second season of The Handmaid’s Tale recently announced and Alias Grace coming to a (Netflix) screen near you this autumn, Margaret Atwood fever is in the air. But which of her novels is your favourite? From Man Booker winning The Blind Assassin to the wickedly funny Stone Mattress to the mesmerising world…


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