Publisher's Synopsis


Discover the dystopian novel that started a phenomenon.

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

'A fantastic, chilling story. And so powerfully feminist' Bernadine Evaristo

'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it' Guardian

Book information

ISBN: 9780099511663
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 1530
Number of pages: 324
Weight: 238g
Height: 130mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 22mm