By A Correspondent
By turns moving, playful and wise, these poems are about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals. They explore bodies and minds in transition, as well as the everyday objects and rituals that embed us in the present. Werewolves, sirens, aliens and dreams make their appearance, as do various forms of animal life and fragments of our damaged environment. Dearly is Atwood’s first collection in over a decade, and both her long-time readers and new fans will be delighted by the book’s insight, empathy and wit.
Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director at Chatto & Windus, said: “Every poem in Dearly rings with all Margaret Atwood’s characteristic curiosity and energy. It is a pure delight which stretches heart and mind. We are so proud to welcome her to Chatto’s poetry list with this new collection,and look forward to sharing it with her many fans.”
Becky Hardie acquired rights for Dearly from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and will publish simultaneously with McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Ecco in the US. Penguin Random House Canada will also be producing the audiobook of Dearly, which will be narrated by Margaret Atwood herself and released simultaneously with the print edition.
The paperback of The Testaments will be published by VINTAGE in summer 2020.
The number one global bestseller and Booker Prize-winning sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was called ‘an era-defining masterpiece’ and Anne Enright said ‘to read this book is to feel the world turning’ (Guardian).
About the author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. She established herself as a poet in the 1960s with two prize-winning collections, Double Persephone and The Circle Game. Since then she has published a further fourteen books of poems, most recently The Door in 1997. Her novels include Cat’s Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number-one bestseller and won the Booker Prize.
Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.