"Freedom, like everything else, is relative". Season two of the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's feminist classic The Handmaid's Tale has come to an end, and if you're anything like us, that ending has left you wanting more! 

Set in a radically altered version of the USA, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of Offred, a 'Handmaid' whose only purpose in society is to breed - and we can't wait for season three. 


Here's our list of the best books to help you fill the void once you've finished watching The Handmaid's Tale





The Power

Suddenly, all over the world, teenage girls discover that they have electricity in their fingers, and that with it they can inflict agonising pain, and even death. This Atwood-endorsed novel by Naomi Alderman flips the world on its head and asks the question: What if the power was in women's hands instead?

 

Nineteen Eighty Four

War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.

Set in  a totalitarian land of perpetual war and constant contradiction, George Orwell's classic thriller is as important and compelling now as it was when it was first published in 1949.

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Alias Grace

Another masterpiece from Margaret Atwood, this time based on a true story. Through the life of convicted murderess Grace Marks, Atwood explores the experience of being a woman in 19th century Canada in her own inimitable style. Alias Grace is also the next Margaret Atwood book being adapted for TV, with the series premiering on Netflix on 2nd November 2017. Watch the trailer for the tv adaptation of Alias Grace here
 

 


 

Only Ever Yours

Women are no longer born, they are designed. In a world where women only exist for the pleasure of men, the first duty of every girl is to be beautiful. If you aren't, you face life as a concubine or a teacher of endless generations of future girls. Louise O'Neill's contemporary YA novel explores our beauty obsessed society through a terrifying lens.

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Watch our episode of #BookBreak for even more recommendations for books to read once you've finished The Handmaid's Tale.