Burning Questions Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004-2022

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Publisher's Synopsis

In Burning Questions Atwood aims her constant curiosity and impish humour at our world and reports back to us on what she finds.

In it she seeks answers to Burning Questions such as:

  • Why do people everywhere, in all cultures, tell stories?
  • How can we live on our planet?
  • What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism?

The roller-coaster period covered in the collection brought an end to the end of history, a financial crash, the rise of Trump and a pandemic. From debt to tech, the climate crisis to freedom; from when to dispense advice to the young (answer: only when asked) to how to define granola, we have no better questioner of the many and varied mysteries of our human universe.


'A wonderfully written insight into everything from zombies to the climate crisis' Stylist

'The mighty Margaret Atwood writes about everything from granola to Trump' The Times

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529114980
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 818.5409
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 354g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 33mm